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The state Senate approved Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan on an 18-11 vote this afternoon, sending it to the governor for her signature.
The Senate's approval of Medicaid and a state budget occurred after the House of Representatives worked into the early morning hours to approve the budget and Medicaid plan, with supporters giving opponents the silent treatment through the entire discussion of the $8.8 billion budget.
The Center for Arizona Policy is opposed to Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan unless the Legislature ensures that funds from the program don’t indirectly subsidize abortions.Read More »
Raising doubts from skeptics, Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan told a legislative committee Wednesday the department has no solitary confinement, despite keeping the maximum-security inmates in their cells alone for 22 hours a day.Read More »
Lawmakers are prepared to sine die Thursday afternoon and leave what’s become an increasingly toxic atmosphere at the Capitol as bipartisan coalitions in each chamber have seized control and began systematically approving Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget proposal in special session.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer named former Rep. Ted Vogt as the next director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Brewer said Vogt’s military background makes him “uniquely qualified” for the position. Vogt is a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and commander of an anti-terrorism unit.Read More »
A compromise between House and Senate lawmakers could allow time-sensitive reforms to Child Protective Services to clear the Legislature this session, but other CPS-related measures may still face the governor’s veto stamp.Read More »
A Paradise Valley Democrat introduced a floor amendment Tuesday that would eradicate an anti-abortion bill. The House postponed action on SB1069 after Rep. Eric Meyer introduced a proposal to create a study committee that would examine whether abortion clinics are in compliance with state regulationsRead More »
The bipartisan coalition forming around Medicaid expansion flexed their political muscle on Monday, shooting down a pair of amendments and approving another amendment to a Medicaid expansion supporter’s bill involving school bonding.Read More »
A legislative panel today killed the Medicaid expansion portion of the state budget, leaving supporters with options that include using a strike everything amendment on a new health bill to bring the measure to a vote from the full House or suspending the House rules altogether.Read More »