Arizona Legislature debating bills but not voting

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Legislature is apparently paying attention to Gov. Jan Brewer's message that she won't sign any bills until she sees a budget she can approve on her desk.

The House on Thursday is set to debate 13 bills but hasn't scheduled votes on any of them. The Senate is set to debate five bills and also hasn't scheduled votes. Wednesday's action followed the same game plan.

All the bills have already passed the other chamber, so a passing vote would trigger their transmittal to the governor.

But with Brewer sending a message this week as a budget package remains stalled legislative leaders are apparently not chancing a veto by doing that.

Brewer's spokesman says the state's immediate priority is a budget and that's what she wants to sign first.

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