Thursday, May 23, 2013

Brewer Wasn't Kidding, Vetoes All the Non-Budget Bills

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

If Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, was wondering whether or not Gov. Jan Brewer was bluffing about her bill moratorium he got his answer.

Brewer vetoed five bills the Senate sent to her desk Thursday.

Two weeks ago she said didn’t want to see any more bills until the Legislature resolved the budget and the plan for Medicaid.

“It is disappointing that I must demonstrate that the moratorium was not an idle threat,” Brewer wrote.
It’s on the House now to make a move with the Senate’s budget.

"The Arizona Legislature has now been in session 130 days. We have just five weeks until the end of the fiscal year, by which time it is necessary that the State of Arizona have a new budget in place in order to assure there is no suspension of critical services or programs," Brewer wrote in the veto letters.

Brewer vetoed SB 1323, SB 1445, SB 1236, SB 1178 and SB 1088. To come back from the dead, the bills would need to start from scratch or be tacked on to a bill that's still relevant.

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