GOP Legislators win appeal on Medicaid expansion

The lawsuit filed against Arizona’s Medicaid Expansion —- an issue which caused mammoth legislative rifts last year —- has been given new life as Division One of the state Court of Appeals ruled that thirty-six Republican legislators,* two constituents whose representatives voted against the bill, and taxpayer Tom Jenney, have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the tax levy it imposes.

The Arizona court rejected Gov. Jan Brewer’s assertion that a simple majority of lawmakers have the constitutional authority to decide when a measure needs a two-thirds vote. In the court’s 11-page ruling, Appellate Judge John Gemmill wrote that ignores the actual language of the Arizona Constitution.

A petulant Brewer, who disingenuously called the tax levy an “assessment,” has promised to take the issue to the AZ Supreme Court. All new taxes are subject to a two-thirds legislative vote in the state of Arizona. Brewer pushed this tax through during a special session. The late night ‘debate’ did not allow those in opposition to  speak.

Read the opinion delivered by the three judge panel.

* Andy Biggs,  Andy Tobin; Nancy Barto; Judy  Burges; Chester Crandell; Gail Griffin; Al Melvin; Kelli Ward; Steve Yarbrough; Kimberly Yee; John Allen; Brenda Barton; Sonny Borrelli; Paul Boyer; Karen Fann; Eddie Farnsworth; Thomas Forese; David Gowan; Rick Gray; John Kavanagh; Adam Kwasman; Debbie Lesko; David Livingston; Phil Lovas; J.D. Mesnard; Darin Mitchell; Steve Montenegro; Justin Olson; Warren Peterson; Justin Pierce; Carl Seel; Steve Smith; David Stevens; Bob Thorpe; Kelly Townsend; Michelle Ugenti.


5 Responses to GOP Legislators win appeal on Medicaid expansion

  1. LD 23 PC says:

    What a disappointment Brewer has turned out to be. She is up to her eyebrows with McCain advisors. On top of everything else, she’s a Second Amendment restrictionist.
    God help us if Doug McDucey wins. It will be more of the same but implemented by someone who can speak….an ability never mastered by Brewer.

  2. Doc says:

    COPY THAT, LD 23 PC!!! This person has turned out to be an albatross around our necks! I’m not sure anymore whether she’s better than “dammitt-janet” or not!

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Speaking of Jan—you know it’s bad news for us when Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly “applaud” our governor.

    Here’s the link to the story:

    • Army Of One says:

      And to think we all cheered when Napolitano boogied to DC mid-term and Brewer became governor. As Doc rightly points out, not much is different. Somehow it’s much more painful when we get kicked in the teeth by those who run as Republicans.

  4. Not Fooled says:

    Question: What’s Rep. Paul Boyer doing in this lawsuit? I well remember him standing alongside Jan Brewer when she announced her Medicaid Expansion.