Arizona Senate Approves Temporary COVID-19 Rules Despite Some Republican Opposition

By Jill Ryan
Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 9:02am

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The Arizona Senate building in Phoenix.

Temporary Arizona Senate COVID-19 measures like requiring a mask on the Senate floor and remote voting have been approved despite some Republican attempts to eliminate them.

Republican Senate President Karen Fann approves of the temporary rules and says they are in place to keep people safe. 

“We are in the midst of a huge outbreak right now. We are facing about 10,000 new cases a day. So this is a really really critical time.”

A Senate majority outvoted the opponents, one of which was Scottsdale Republican Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who felt that remote voting lacked transparency.

Fann says she has left the rules open to changes and amendments once things get better and safer. 

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