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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Andy Tobin
The Arizona Legislature briefly convened Tuesday for the first day of a planned three-day special session to debate Gov. Jan Brewer's proposal for overhauling the state's child welfare agency. But little actual work was accomplished as last-minute tweaks to the legislation delayed formal introduction of two enabling bills.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that would protect cities and towns from large insurance liabilities in the case of a disaster that results in the death or serious injury of a public safety employee.
A bill that would have forced able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get a job and would have limited some to a maximum of five years of insurance was vetoed Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer.
A proposal that could force able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit some to a maximum of 5 years of insurance is on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer for consideration after the House gave final approval to Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin's bill on Thursday.
With a budget deal near but not yet sealed, Arizona legislators temporarily wrapped up talks on Thursday and will likely not meet again until next week.
A deal on a state budget in hand after days of wrangling between Republican factions, the Arizona House on Thursday evening adopted a $9.24 billion state budget that made changes to a plan passed by the Senate.
The Arizona House of Representatives on Monday failed to reach a budget deal after hours of tenuous discussions and a called off vote that left a frustrated Speaker Andy Tobin huddled with members of his own party who refused to back a plan he endorsed.
An effort by the Arizona House of Representatives to reach a budget agreement fell short of a final deal for the second day in a row Tuesday despite hours of closed-door meetings between Republican leaders and a group pushing for more education and child-welfare spending.
An Arizona Senate committee has approved a bill giving state police and other Department of Public Safety workers a $40 million raise over the next three years.
An Arizona Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill that would protect cities and towns from large insurance liabilities in the case of a disaster that results in the death or serious injury of a public safety employee.
A mirror copy of the state budget introduced in the Arizona Senate will be introduced in the House of Representatives later this week, Speaker Andy Tobin said Tuesday.
A watered-down proposal by Republican Speaker Andy Tobin that would force Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit some to a maximum of five years of insurance was approved Thursday by the Arizona House of Representatives, despite Democratic objections that it would kick people in need off the health insurance program.
The Arizona House has approved a bill giving state police and other Department of Public Safety workers a $40 million raise over the next three years.
The Arizona House has unanimously approved a bill that would protect cities and towns from large insurance liabilities in the case of a disaster that results in the death or serious injury of a public safety employee.
Federal officials on Friday poured cold water on Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin's plan to force Medicaid recipients to get a job and to limit their insurance to a maximum of five years, saying the proposals likely run counter to federal law and won't be approved.
"There are good things in this budget," Speaker Andy Tobin said, ticking off a list of items including new child welfare workers, $9.2 million for a new veterans home in Yuma and $1 million to help the city of Prescott deal with soaring state retirement fund assessments due to the deaths of 19 firefighters last summer. "It's not perfect. But it's better for Arizona, it puts us on the right track, puts us in a place where can continue to move forward."
House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, said the bill doesn't properly address concerns about the appropriateness of Uber's insurance coverage.