Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bills Senate Democrats Pushed Pass Senate

Today, Senate Democrats unanimously voted to pass SB 1102 (AHCCCS eligibility redetermination) and SB 1322 (unemployment insurance benefits) out of the Senate.

Last week, Senate Democrats called attention to the necessity to move quickly on the AHCCCS redetermination measure as the state is potentially losing $6,400 per day that it does nothing. This equates to over $135,000 already wasted. The bill changes the redetermination period for childless adults to twelve months to correct a violation of federal stimulus maintenance of effort guidelines. Without this bill, Arizona would put $1.7 billion in federal stimulus dollars at risk. The Senate vote was 24 ayes, 4 and 2 not voting. The nays were Sens. Gould, Harper, Huppenthal and Pearce.

SB 1322 provides an additional 13 to 20 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits while the state is under a high level of unemployment. This provision expires when the federal stimulus dollars expire or the week ending Dec. 12, whichever is later. The Senate vote was 27 ayes and 1 nay. The nay was Sen. Gould.

The House will hear identical bills tomorrow.

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