Governor Brewer officially called a special session for today for disabled and foster children. After the Arizona Supreme Court ended school vouchers for these children, the Governor and Legislature came up with a work around that substitutes the vouchers with tax credits.
The Republicans are cheering the fact they are taking care of the kids. The Dems are complaining that they're taking money away from public ed and giving it to private corporations, and taking their eye off the budget discussions.
The reason a special session is required is so that any bill that gets passed can be enacted in time for the new school year. If it were to be passed in the current session, any bill could not go into effect until after the session ends…which we all know may never actually happen!