Brewer vetoes 5 bills in latest budget standoff

Brewer vetoes 5 bills in latest budget standoff

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By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Gov. Jan Brewer wasn't bluffing when she told lawmakers not to send her anymore bills until they made significant progress on a state budget and her proposal to expand Medicaid.

Brewer vetoed five bills Thursday after Senate President Andy Biggs said he was never told not to transmit bills for her signature.

Biggs sent the bills this week despite a moratorium on signings the governor put in place more than two weeks ago.

The Senate passed a budget last week, but Brewer said this week the moratorium would not be lifted until the House took action. House Speaker Andy Tobin opposes Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan.

4 of the bills Biggs sent are relatively minor. Senate Bill 1178 would allow people to sue over potential violations of religious freedom.

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