Arizona lawmakers in special session on budget
PHOENIX (AP) - A coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans plan Wednesday to push forward a new state budget and Gov. Jan Brewer's proposed expansion of Arizona's Medicaid health care program.
Frustrated by delays during lawmakers' regular session, Brewer late Tuesday called lawmakers into a simultaneous special session.
That surprise development sets the stage for consideration of her Medicaid proposal over opposition from most Republican legislators.
Brewer acted after House Speaker Andy Tobin announced that lawmakers would wait until Thursday to consider the budget bills. The Senate previously approved a budget with the Medicaid expansion.
Tobin and Senate President Andy Biggs say in a joint statement that Brewer acted with "overt hostility" by calling the special session.
Conservative Republicans oppose the Medicaid expansion and contend that the Senate-approved budget includes too much spending.
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