Yet another legislative session has come to an end - and not a moment too soon.

I have a feeling that if lawmakers had kept going, it wouldn't have been long before they had turned our state parks in nuclear dumps and established a state holiday to honor Glenn Beck.

There were a few bits of business that lawmakers weren't able to take care of before Sine Die, like the birther bill that would have required Barack Obama to show his birth certificate to get on the ballot in 2012.

Of course, Republicans who were supporting that legislation said that it had nothing to do with all those rumors about Obama's secret Kenyan birthplace.

Of course, Republicans who were supporting that legislation said that it had nothing to do with all those rumors about Obama's secret Kenyan birthplace.

It's just that lawmakers want everyone to have their papers in order—unless you want to carry a concealed weapon, which you're now free to do without a permit.

Lawmakers managed to take care of a lot of other important business, like ensuring we won't have to start using energy-efficient light bulbs and banning the creation of human-animal hybrids.

You probably weren't aware that we had to worry about the threat of centaurs running loose in the state, but you just don't have the same kind of foresight as the Republicans in the Arizona Legislature.

And, of course, they topped off the session with SB 1070, the immigration that has put the state in the spotlight across the country.

The rhetoric is a little overblown on both sides of this issue, but it seems to me that Arizona Republicans have managed to simultaneously threaten our tourism industry and hamstring our efforts to recruit new businesses to the state.

The rhetoric is a little overblown on both sides of this issue, but it seems to me that Arizona Republicans have managed to simultaneously threaten our tourism industry and hamstring our efforts to recruit new businesses to the state.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about illegal immigration in Arizona.

Southern Arizona ranchers have long been under siege and one is now dead.

The environmental problems are mounting.

And thousands of migrants have perished in the desert trying to cross the border.

But SB 1070 is a tangled legal mess that will cause a lot more problems than it hopes to solve.

And that's pretty much what you'd expect from the current crop of state lawmakers.

Jim Nintzel commentary on end of legislative session