Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ducey signs Kids Care

That's the good news. The potential bad news is that it may be challenged because it was tacked onto another piece of legislation. Here are snippets from the story from the Daily Star/tucson.com.

Without comment, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Friday to allow Arizona to accept federal dollars to restart the KidsCare program. Backers say it could help about 30,000 children.

The governor’s action came just hours after the Senate, over the objections of Republican legislative leaders, voted 16-12 to restore the KidsCare program in Arizona. The House had given its blessing Thursday night.

But even with Ducey’s signature, there may be hurdles.

Senate Majority Leader Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, said he anticipates a lawsuit saying SB 1457 is illegal.

That’s because the provision to restore KidsCare was attached to language dealing with eligibility of disabled students to continue to get vouchers to attend private and parochial school at taxpayer expense.

Yarbrough said that violates a provision of the Arizona Constitution that says legislation can deal with only one subject.

You can read the rest of the story here.

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