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Arizona State Senate

About the Arizona State Senate:

The Arizona State Senate is the upper house of the Legislature, made up of 30 Senators, one from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is for two years. The Senate can draft, introduce and vote on legislation. Along with the House, the Senate approves the state’s annual budget. The Senate can enact bills that are referred to voters for approval, and can place constitutional amendments on the ballot.

The Basics of the Arizona State Senate:

The Arizona State Senate is the upper house of the Legislature, made up of 30 Senators, one from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is two years. As part of the Legislative Branch of government, the Senate can draft, introduce and vote on legislation. The Senate also can enact laws and propose amendments to the state constitution to be referred to voters. Along with the House, the Senate approves the state’s annual budget. The Senate can confirm or reject any gubernatorial appointee for the Executive Branch offices. In addition, the Senate also has powers of trial and conviction to remove elected officials impeached by the House.

Detailed Rules and Responsibilities of the Arizona State Senate:

The Arizona State Senate is the upper house of the Legislature, made up of 30 Senators, one from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is for two years. As part of the Legislative Branch of government, the Senate can draft, introduce and vote on legislation, with only a simple majority required for a bill to pass. However, a two-thirds vote is required in order to pass any tax increase. The Senate also can propose laws and amendments to the state constitution. Along with the House, the Senate approves the state’s annual budget. The Senate has the power to expel a fellow member with a two-thirds vote. The Senate can confirm or reject any gubernatorial appointee for the Executive Branch offices. In addition, the Senate also has impeachment powers of trial and conviction to remove elected officials at the bequest of the House. A two-thirds vote also can call a Special Session of the Legislature to deal with a particular issue of importance, unfinished business or emergency.


Arizona Legislative Manual

State & Local Government Information

Arizona Legislative Process

Arizona State House of Representatives

About the Arizona State House of Representatives:

The Arizona State House of Representatives is the lower house of the Legislature, made up of 60 Representatives, two from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is for two years. The House can draft, introduce and vote on legislation. Along with the Senate, the House approves the state’s annual budget. The House can enact bills that are referred to voters for approval, and can place constitutional amendments on the ballot.

The Basics of the Arizona State House of Representatives:

The Arizona State House of Representatives is the lower house of the Legislature, made up of 60 Representatives, two from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is two years. As part of the Legislative Branch of government, the House can draft, introduce and vote on legislation. The House also can enact laws and propose amendments to the state constitution to be referred to voters. Along with the Senate, the House approves the state’s annual budget. The House holds the sole power for impeachment of elected state officials, but defers to the Senate for any trial or conviction.

Detailed Rules and Responsibilities of the Arizona State House of Representatives:

The Arizona State House of Representatives is the lower house of the Legislature, made up of 60 Representatives, two from each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts. The term of office is for two years. As part of the Legislative Branch of government, the House can draft, introduce and vote on legislation, with only a simple majority required for a bill to pass. However, a two-thirds vote is required in order to pass any tax increase. Along with the Senate, the House approves the state’s annual budget. The House holds the sole power for impeachment of elected state officials, but defers to the Senate for any trial or conviction. The House can expel a fellow Representative with a two-thirds vote. A two-thirds vote also can call a Special Session of the Legislature to deal with a particular issue of importance, unfinished business or emergency.


Arizona Legislative Manual

State & Local Government Information

Arizona Legislative Process

Definitions provided by Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy.