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Gov.’s powers

Citizen Staff Writer

When Jan Brewer becomes Arizona governor next week, she has powers and duties that she may not know about.

State law has a list of what the governor can do and some of it is surprising. For example, the governor “may offer rewards for escaped insane persons, not exceeding five hundred dollars.”

The governor also is authorized to “convene the legislature at some other place when the seat of government becomes dangerous from disease or a common enemy.”

Brewer also will be authorized to hire a “private secretary.” And she can “perform such other duties as devolve upon him (or her) by law.”


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