Gov. Jan Brewer has until May 2 to act on wide range of bills

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer has a lot of decisions to make between now and May 2.

That's the deadline for her to act on the 168 bills awaiting action after the end of the legislative session.

Many of the bills concern routine housekeeping matters for state government, but others are on contentious issues.

Those include allowing guns in public buildings, requiring Phoenix and Tucson to consider contracting out certain services and changing public employees' retirement systems.

Another controversial bill would allow health insurance companies licensed in other states to issue policies in Arizona without being subject to the state's coverage mandates. That would
 rigger lifting of mandates for insurers licensed in Arizona.

The Senate alone sent the governor more than 40 bills on the final day of the session.

Governors normally have five days to act on bills after getting them. Sundays aren't counted.

The deadline extends to 10 days for all bills on her desk once a legislative session ends.

The Senate adjourned at 5:21 a.m. Wednesday and the House followed four minutes later.