Russell Pearce

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Republican legislative leaders are moving to use tax dollars to fight subpoenas of e-mails of current and former lawmakers. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

Taxpayers from throughout the state could end up underwriting a bid by ousted Senate President Russell Pearce to get back in the Legislature. 

Rep. Steve Montenegro points out that the Arizona Constitution requires lawmakers to pay the reasonable expenses of any public official who is recalled. In this case, Pearce spent more than $260,000 last year in his unsuccessful bid to remain in office. Montenegro said other legislators are concerned about ignoring that mandate.