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Capitol Quotes: March 30, 2012

“I think there’s some shenanigans going on.” – Rep. Carl Seel, R-Phoenix, about his HB2480, which would allow Arizonans to sue if they have reason to believe a candidate is not eligible to hold elected office.

“Tell them to vote for it.” – Gov. Jan Brewer, responding to comments from a Republican lawmaker who said the legislative Democrats’ proposed budget is better than her budget plan.

“I respect the employee’s religious freedoms, too.” – Sen. Adam Driggs, who is one of seven Republicans who refused to support a bill allowing employers with religious objections to deny contraception coverage to workers.

“No, this isn’t going to be a barbershop quartet.” – Rep. Cecil Ash, R-Mesa, on the floor March 27 as he and Reps. Steve Court, Justin Olson and Justin Pierce lined up together to introduce guests that day.

“I support religious freedom. That goes without any question. But I’m not going to make any comment on that bill until it arrives on my desk.” – Gov. Jan Brewer, on HB2625, which would allow employers with religious objections to deny contraception coverage to workers.

“This is an olive branch from them.” – Senate President Steve Pierce, on the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s decision to not appeal a federal judge’s ruling upholding AHCCCS cuts to hospital reimbursement rates.

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