Rep. Boyer explains why he changed his mind, now opposes Medicaid expansion
When the argument over Medicaid expansion turned into a debate over public funds going to abortion providers, Republican Rep. Paul Boyer, one of a handful of lawmakers who stood with the governor on the Capitol lawn when she announced her plan, took a trip to the Grand Canyon to clear his head.
Brewer signs bill permitting marijuana research
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that would allow public colleges and universities to conduct medical marijuana research.
Brewer signs bill requiring taxi driver drug tests
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring taxi, livery and limousine companies to drug-test drivers before they’re hired and re-test them at least once a year.
10 new laws that could make a difference
The battle over Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposed Medicaid expansion has dominated the 2013 session, often obscuring action on other matters.
But the first 109 days of the session have been notable for a number of other reasons. Here are 10 measures passed by the Legislature and signed by Brewer that could have an impact on Arizona.
Biggs, Brewer, Tobin have options on Medicaid issue
Gov. Jan Brewer is determined to expand Arizona’s Medicaid plan, Senate President Andy Biggs has vowed to prevent it, and House Speaker Andy Tobin is somewhere in the middle.
Medicaid opponents see their bills vetoed, but differ on reasons
Conservative lawmakers rallied against Medicaid expansion at a press conference on the Capitol lawn last month. But some expansion opponents warned that publicly staking out their position and standing up against Gov. Jan Brewer can come with political repercussions.
Medicaid Options: Brewer says only 1 choice is viable, but key Republicans balk
Gov. Jan Brewer believes she found her “game-changer” in her quest to expand Arizona’s Medicaid program.
On April 25, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance memo for the states that appeared to answer a question that has been hovering over Brewer’s top agenda item — whether the state can continue its enrollment freeze for childless adults in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.
Ariz. lawmakers slow work as big 3 issues remain
The Arizona Legislature has gone from the fast track to stuck in the mud as lawmakers have become bogged down by the three key issues: Medicaid, sales taxes and the state budget.
Brewer signs bill creating new teacher evaluations
Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that makes it easier to fire some low-performing teachers.
Arizona bill requiring resale of buyback guns signed
Arizona cities and counties that hold community gun buyback events will have to sell the surrendered weapons instead of destroying them under a bill Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Monday.
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