Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Medicaid and the budget in the AZ House: Let round two begin!

Well, it didn't take long for the lege to get back to "hurry up and wait" mode.

Remember the 10 budget bills that the Arizona Senate passed so dramatically...way back in the mists of time...last Thursday?  They were transmitted to the House, where...

...They are just sitting there.  Not heard in committee, not assigned to committee, not even officially introduced in the House.  And they're not scheduled to be introduced any time soon (though that could change at a moment's notice).

This pretty much puts paid to my prediction that the lege would finish their work this week,  At this point, unless they work out a deal, suspend the rules that require at least three legislative days to pass a bill (or in this case, 10 bills), and pull a couple of marathon days on Thursday and Friday, they'll have to return to the Capitol after the holiday next week.

Courtesy Rep. Juan Mendez' Facebook page

...All of which leaves time for things like this (and this is a good one). 

From the Phoenix New Times, written by Matthew Hendley -
An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for this afternoon's session of the House of Representatives asked that people not bow their heads.

Democratic Representative Juan Mendez, of Tempe, instead spoke about his "secular humanist tradition" and even quoted author Carl Sagan.

"Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads," Mendez said. "I would like to ask that you not bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people in our state."

There are a few electeds that I know better than Representative Mendez, but none that I'm prouder to consider a friend today.

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