Brewer v. Burns: The Budget 6/26/09

Arizona Supreme Court case filed by Governor Jan Brewer on June 16, 2009. The Governor seeks to compel Arizona Senate President Robert Burns and Speaker of the House Kirk Adams to advance their recent budget bills for her consideration – oral arguments were heard beginning at 10am on  June 23, 2009.

Title Page Brewer v. Burns Suit


Brewer v. Burns
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Update June 23, 2009:

The Supreme Court claimed jurisdiction today and declined to refer Brewer v. Burns to a lower court.


In her ruling, Cheif Justice Ruth McGregor declined to compel the House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate President Robert Burns to deliver the FY 2009-2010 legislation to Governor Brewer in part due to the “unique circumstances” of the situation.  She did note, however, that future legislation must be delivered to the governor’s office without delay.

While the lawyer for the legislature conceded that the bills had been withheld from the Governor in an attempt to gain political leverage, his position that the bills would be delivered by June 30th played a part in the judge’s decision not to set a court-mandated deadline.

The video recording of the hearing can be found here.
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Other articles related to Brewer suing the AZ legislature & The Budget:


Brewer wont release plans for shutdown, The Arizona Daily Star 6/26/09

Breaking: deal at hand?, The Arizona Republic 6/25/09

We’re all losers in the budgetary stalemate, The Arizona Daily Star 6/25/09

School advocates concerned about governor’s budget resolve, Public News Service 6/24/09

Both sides claim win in ruling over budget delay, Arizona Daily Star 6/24/09

Arizona Supreme Court to hear lawsuit over state budget, Arizona Republic 6/23/09

Deadline is July 1 to avert state shutdown, Arizona Daily Star 6/22/09
Tax fight cuts to heart of GOP rift, Arizona Republic 6/22/09
GOP hires lawyers over Brewer suit, Arizona Republic 6/21/09
Legislators: budget fight beyond court’s purview
, Arizona Republic 6/20/09
State budget countdown, the trailer bill
, East Valley Tribune 6/19/09
Budget standoff borders on theater of the absurd, Arizona Daily Sun, 6/18/09.
Govenor Brewer sues over delay in sending budget bills, Arizona Republic 6/17/09
Brewer takes budget fight to Arizona’s high court
, Arizona Daily Star 6/17/09
Could rift over AZ budget lead to shutdown of state services?
Arizona Republic 6/17/09

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One Response to “Brewer v. Burns: The Budget 6/26/09”

  1. Ellis G. says:

    It is unbelievable that the governor has to sue legislators in order to get the bill passed to her. These kind of antics only hurt Arizona at large, and have the potential of decimating many programs. Shame on Burns and Kirk.

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