Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Live blogging Senate Appropriations - special session

2:39 p.m. - Special session SB1001 passes 9 - 4.  Biggs announces vote and adjourns meeting in same breath.

2:38 p.m. - Biggs wonders if state will have to "emasculate" education to fund AHCCCS.

2:36 p.m. - Allen votes yes.  Biggs says bill generates needed "discussion".  Says that lawsuits will follow.

2:35 p.m. - Sylvia Allen says that they should be allowed to reform all programs to balance budget.

2:34 p.m. - Sinema votes no.

2:30 p.m. - Sinema points out that even a federal waiver won't override Prop 204, which expanded AHCCCS eligibility to 100% of the federal property level.

2:29 p.m. - Biggs hurrying Schapira.  Schapira votes no.

2:26 - Schapira - Preventative care is better and cheaper than treatment, and this will increase indigent treatment costs, possibly more than is saved.

2:24 p.m. - Schapira call this a "poor policy" with likely negative business and economic impacts on the state.

2:23 - Aboud (D) voting no.  Calls out Republicans for protecting wealthy and corps while targeting poor..  Calls bill a "half-hearted" publicity stunt.

2:21 p.m. - Rs all voting yes.  What a shock.

2:18 p.m. - Sen. Andy Biggs gavelled meeting into session.  Democrats walking in as voting starts.

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