Health and Welfare Budget Bill Slides Through Senate Approps Committee

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the health and welfare budget bill on a 6-3 party line vote.

Democrats expressed concern about the hasty budget. Sen. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma, said she was worried about continuing the freeze on KidsCare, as did Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson. Tovar remarked that the bill was a lot to digest in less than 24 hours and that she was worried about it classifying transplants that aren't really experimental as experimental. Tovar also disapproved of senators glomming on their own personal bills when this bill is likely to pass on its own.

Simultaneously, Gov. Jan Brewer held her biggest Medicaid expansion rally to date with people from both sides in attendance. Senators were mum on Medicaid during the health bill hearing.

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