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The Associated Press June 15, 2011, 12:05PM ET

Ariz. Gov won't seek session without bill backing

Gov. Jan Brewer's office said Tuesday that she won't call the Arizona Legislature back into special session again to vote on an unemployment benefits proposal until lawmakers have a change of heart.

The two-day special session ended Monday without lawmakers voting on Brewer's proposal to keep 20 weeks of federally funded extended unemployment benefits flowing to thousands of jobless people.

Republican legislative leaders said there wasn't enough support for the proposal without also taking action on long-term measures such as business tax cuts and regulatory changes to spur the economy.

The governor had refused to expand the session's scope.

Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson said there's no reason for the governor to call legislators back into special session if there isn't enough support for the unemployment benefits proposal.


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