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Arizona Senate Gives Preliminary Approval To Bill That Curbs Governor's Emergency Powers

Arizona legislators voted Thursday to curb the governor’s emergency powers. 

The Arizona Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that if passed in both the Senate and House would immediately terminate the emergency Gov. Doug Ducey declared nearly a year ago. 

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, claims the order has interfered with individual rights. While stay-at-home orders have been allowed to expire, Ugenti-Rita says this bill is also addressing the restrictions on businesses. 

The bill needs a final roll call vote in the Senate before going to the House.

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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.