Arizona House of Representatives
|Arizona House of Representatives|
|Term limits:||4 terms (8 years)|
|2013 session start:||January 10, 2012|
|Website:||Official House Page|
|House Speaker:||Andy Tobin, (R)|
|Majority Leader:||Steve Court, (R)|
|Minority leader:||Chad Campbell, (D)|
| Democratic Party (24) |
Republican Party (36)
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Art 4, Arizona Constitution|
|Salary:||$24,000/year + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 2, 2010 (60 seats)|
|Next election:||November 6, 2012 (60 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission|
Representatives are subject to term limits limiting them to four consecutive terms.
Article IV of the Arizona Constitution establishes when the Arizona State Legislature, of which the House of Representatives is a part, is to be in session. Section 3 of the Second Part of the Article contains the relevant provisions. It states that sessions are to convene on the second Monday of January of each year.
Section 3 also allows the Governor of Arizona to call special sessions of the Legislature.
- See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Legislature was in regular session from January 10 through May 3.
Lawmakers will address a budget surplus estimated to be between $416-650 million. Republican leaders are expected to consider legislation on topics including immigration, job creation, allowing guns in more places, restricting abortions, and promoting charter and private schools.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 10 through April 20.  Three special sessions were called in Arizona for 2011. The first special session was convened on January 19, addressing requests for a federal Medicaid exemption. A second special session was called by Governor Jan Brewer on February 14, 2011. The special session will run in tandem with the regular session, and was convened to consider business tax cuts as part of an economic development package proposed to add jobs by encouraging businesses to expand and relocate in Arizona.  The third special session was convened on June 10 to extend unemployment benefits. The session lasted two days, and ended on June 13 without a vote on Governor Brewer's proposal. Brewer refuses to call another special session until lawmakers support the unemployment extension. 
In the 2011 session, Arizona fixed its $1.5 billion shortfall by eliminating $1.1 billion in spending. There were no new taxes instated to help with the reductions, only tax cuts. The legislature sliced the corporate income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 4.9 percent. 
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
In 2010, the House was in regular session from January 11th to April 29th. The Legislature was also convened in special session since February 1st.
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 26, 2010, and the primary election day was August 24, 2010.
Contributions in the 2010 elections for House candidates totaled $5,311,375 for the 166 candidates. The top ten contributors were: 
|McGee, Kate Brophy||$65,033|
|McGee, Catherine Brophy||$31,169|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$22,756|
|Arizona Education Association||$19,156|
Article 4, Part 2, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution states: No person shall be a member of the Legislature unless he shall be a citizen of the United States at the time of his election, nor unless he shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and shall have been a resident of Arizona at least three years and of the county from which he is elected at least one year before his election.
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
If there is a vacancy in the House, the political party committee or the Board of County Supervisors must select a replacement. The political party committee is responsible for appointing a replacement only if the legislative district has thirty or more elected precinct committeemen.
The Secretary of State is required to contact the state party chairperson to give notice of the vacancy. The state chairperson must give notice of an election to fill the seat within three days of receiving notice.
Before an election takes place, the state chairperson must submit a list of three recommended candidates to fill the seat. The election involves all the precinct committeemen who represent the vacant seat. If the House is out of session, the election must be held within twenty-one days after the vacancy happened. If the House is in session, the election must be held within five days after the vacancy happened.
The Board of County Supervisors fills vacancies in legislative districts that have less than thirty elected precinct committeemen. Also, the Board of Supervisors must select a replacement if the party committee fails to select a replacement within the specified periods. This is only for districts with thirty or more elected committeemen.
The county of residence from where the person last held the seat is responsible for making the selection. The county that is responsible for filling the vacancy must form a citizens panel. The citizens panel is charged with recommending to the Board of Supervisors three candidates to fill the vacant seat. The panel must recommend persons from the political party that last held the vacant seat. The full county board must select a replacement within five days of receiving the list of recommended candidates.
The person selected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.
- See also: Partisan composition of state houses
|Party||As of December 2013|
The House elects a Speaker who serves as presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, deciding point of order, appointing a Speaker Pro Tempore, and may vote in all cases except to determine the Speakers own rulings.
April 29, 2011
When sworn in
Arizona legislators assume office on the first day of the session after they are elected. Each regular session begins on the second Monday in January.
|3||Nancy G. McLain||Republican|
|8||John Kavanagh||Republican||Fountain Hills|
|11||Kate Brophy McGee||Republican||Phoenix|
|16||Catherine H. Miranda||Democrat|
|17||P. Ben Arredondo||Democrat|
|27||Sally Ann Gonzales||Democrat|
The Arizona House of Representatives has seventeen (17) standing committees.
- Appropriations Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Agriculture and Water Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Banking and Insurance Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Commerce Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Education Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Employment and Regulatory Affairs Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Environment Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Government Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Health and Human Services Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Higher Education, Innovation and Reform Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Judiciary Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Rules Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Technology and Infrastructure Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Transportation Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Ways and Means Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Official website of the Arizona House of Representatives
- Official list of the current members of the Arizona House of Representatives
- Project Vote Smart on the Arizona House of Representatives
- ↑ Population in 2010 of the American states
- ↑ Population in 2000 of the American states
- ↑ Session dates for Arizona legislature, 2010
- ↑ StateScape, Session schedules, accessed April 30, 2012
- ↑ Arizona Republic, "Arizona Legislators gear up for new session," January 7, 2012
- ↑ Timesunion.com, Ariz. Legislature ends session after all-nighter, 20 April 2011
- ↑ KTAR.com, Arizona governor calls special session on economy, 14 Feb. 2011
- ↑ Bloomberg Businessweek, Ariz. Gov won't seek session without bill backing, June 15, 2011
- ↑ Stateline.org, States balance budgets with cuts, not taxes, June 15, 2011
- ↑ Follow the Money: "Arizona 2010 Campaign Contributions"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Arizona Legislature "Arizona Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute 41.1202 (A), Arizona Revised Statutes)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Arizona Legislature "Arizona Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute 41.1202 (B), Arizona Revised Statutes)
- ↑ Arizona House Rules - Rule 4: The Speaker
- ↑ Arizona House Leadership
- ↑ Arizona Capitol Times "Adams resigns from Legislature to run for Congress, Tobin steps up to House speaker," April 28, 2011
State of Arizona
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