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The 2020 session of the Arizona Legislature begins Jan. 13

The 2020 session of the Arizona Legislature begins Jan. 13

Our sister papers in Texas, where Community Impact Newspaper originated, are puzzled by what we do here in Arizona. There, the Texas Legislature is in session every other year. Here, in Arizona, the Legislature meets annually.

This is dictated by the Arizona Constitution. Article IV, Section 2, Part 3 reads: “The sessions of the legislature shall be held annually at the capitol of the state, and shall commence on the second Monday of January of each year.”


That puts the session start for 2020 on Jan. 13.

Gilbert is represented by two Legislative districts. District 17 is mostly Chandler, but it hits a portion of the west side of town—particularly in the Northwest. LD17’s senator is J.D. Mesnard, a Republican. Its representatives are Republican Jeff Weninger and Democrat Jennifer Pawlik.

The remaining, and far larger, part of town is in District 12. All the legislators there are Republicans: Eddie Farnsworth in the Senate, and Warren Petersen and Travis Grantham in the House.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.



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