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Senate skips voting on contraception bill

The Senate today skipped voting on legislation to allow employers with a religious objection to deny contraception coverage to their workers, which indicates that proponents have yet to persuade enough lawmakers to back the controversial proposal.

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Pierce says contraception bill probably not coming back (access required)

Senate President Steve Pierce doesn’t think legislation allowing employers with religious objection to deny contraception coverage to workers will return for a second vote. Pierce previously indicated he was willing to cast the required 16th “yes” vote to pass the bill last week if supporters could get 15 senators to support the bill.

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Lesko defends birth control bill at rally

A state representative who introduced legislation that would let more Arizona employers drop coverage for contraceptives addressed supporters at a rally Friday and defended her proposal, which critics say intrudes on women's private lives.

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