Freshmen stand out on issues ranging from Medicaid to sales tax reform
Doug Cole, a longtime lobbyist and veteran of the Capitol, said freshmen used to simply fall in line with leadership and sit on the back bench to learn during a session or two.
Crandall has worst attendance record in Legislature; 19 lawmakers didn’t miss a day
The award for most missed floor votes and most missed days of the session goes to Republican Sen. Rich Crandall of Mesa, who showed up to vote on only 64 percent of the bills that made it to the Senate floor, and was present for only 61 percent of the days the Senate met.
Quick, while no one’s watching!
Rather than wait for a new law to go into effect in September that would allow the secretary of state to send the Horne campaign finance investigation back to Maricopa County prosecutors, Bennett’s office last week quietly complied with a Superior Court ruling in May that said the proper procedure was for Bennett to send the case to the AG’s office.
Laws on judicial appointments, elections, Medicaid likely facing legal challenges
A law enacted to give the governor more choices in appointing judges is expected to join Medicaid expansion and an elections package as 2013 legislation that will wind up in court.
GOP lawmakers’ anger at Brewer may not last
The rage and indignation that many GOP lawmakers directed at Gov. Jan Brewer at the end of the legislative session may be nothing but a bad memory when the Legislature reconvenes next year.
Lawmaker resignations down in 2013, but likely to pick up soon
One marked difference in 2013 was the lack of legislative mid-session resignations, particularly following lawmaker scandals.
Majority leader takes the heat for sponsoring Medicaid amendment
Quiet about his thoughts on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid proposal for most of the session, Senate Majority Leader John McComish emerged late as a key player in the push for AHCCCS expansion in the Senate.
In the wake of Medicaid expansion, Republicans hope they can all still get along
Lawmakers typically insist that nothing is personal in politics. After all, it’s just policy.
The perils of voting yes to Medicaid expansion
Long before casting their votes for Medicaid expansion and a bipartisan budget proposal, Republican lawmakers who chose to support Gov. Jan Brewer had been issued a warning: Vote yes at your own risk.
Lawmakers achieved election reform, tax reform and tort reform
I commend the governor and the Legislature for enduring the stress of a lengthy session and passing some much-needed legislation that will have a positive effect on our state for a very long time.
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