The Arizona Senate on Monday approved a plan to add two justices to the state Supreme Court that has drawn criticism from both the court and Democrats.
Republicans who control the House already approved the legislation, House Bill 2537, and the Senate voted for it an 18-12 party-line vote. It now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for his signature.
The state budget proposal negotiated between Republican Senate and House leaders and Ducey ties pay increases for judges and probation department funding to the expansion.
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