A debate that lasted nearly 12 hours ended late Thursday night, when the Arizona state Senate approved a budget proposal that includes a plan to expand Medicaid coverage as desired by Gov. Jan Brewer.
Six Republican senators joined forces with Senate Democrats to wrest control of the chamber from Sen. President Andy Biggs and provided momentum to Brewer’s proposal by giving preliminary approval to the bills during floor debate.
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Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor says she doesn't want Democrats to reject a plan to expand Medicaid access if they don't get their way on other issues.
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Gov. Jan Brewer has set as a top priority that the state expand Medicaid to become eligible for a nine-to-one federal match instead of the current two-to-one match.
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Since getting caught up in the Fiesta Bowl scandal of 2011, Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo has been the Capitol’s gift ban crusader, repeatedly introducing legislation to make it illegal for lawmakers to take free tickets or meals from lobbyists.
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