/ 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 (PHOTO: Christopher Conover, AZPM)

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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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