Before each session of the lege, members can "pre-file" bills for consideration in the upcoming session.
There are some bragging rights that go with having the first bill, but not much more - generally, the first bill filed doesn't pass (though, on occasion, the idea in that first bill will be put into another measure that does pass).
This year, Rep. Seel, a former member of the Minutemen, an
To whit: the new HB2001, which is almost elegant in its simplicity. Almost.
From the bill, actually, the measure in its entirety -
HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
20-3250. State-based health care exchange; prohibition
THIS STATE MAY NOT ESTABLISH OR ADMINISTER A STATE-BASED HEALTH CARE
The fact that this measure is redundant because Governor Jan Brewer already decided that the state won't establish or administer a state-based health care exchange, leaving it to the federal government, apparently doesn't matter to Seel, nor does the fact that the measure exposes him to charges of hypocrisy - a fervent "states' rights" guy ceding this to the feds? It will be interesting to see how he will twist his professed ideology to reconcile the conflict if/when the bill is the subject of committee consideration.
Wonder if he had to use a pretzel-shaped pen to write this bill?