/ Modified dec 22, 2017 1:37 p.m.

AZ Legislature Spent 2017 Dealing with Education, Opioids, Harassment

State lawmakers were busy with issues that will carry into 2018

AZ Capitol HERO The Arizona Capitol Building. January 2017
Christopher Conover, AZPM


The 2017 political year started with the Governor's State of the State Address to lay out priorities, and ended with a look to the future and the next election cycle that is already upon us.

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  • Education funding was a top priority for Gov. Doug Ducey. He wanted teacher pay raises and the legislature added them into the budget sooner than he proposed.

  • Gov. Ducey declared opioids a state emergency with a 74 percent increase in deaths in recent years.

  • Allegations of sexual harassment in the Legislature cost one member a powerful committee posting. Investigations continue into allegations against several members of the state's legislative branch.

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