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Health Care Special Session Senate Bill 1001

April 1, 2010 | AZPM

Health Care Special Session Senate Bill 1001 allows the Governor to sue the federal government over the recently passed health care proposal. More than a dozen attorneys general have already filed suit against the federal government, but Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard (D) refused saying he didn’t think the state could win so Governor Jan Brewer asked state lawmakers for permission to file suit without the attorney general.

Health Care Special Session SB 1001 also Arizona residents do not have to obtain health coverage as required in the federal plan. State lawmakers say under the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution, the federal government does not have the power to require health care coverage. The proposal is retroactive to before the health care proposal was signed into law by President Barack Obama. Health Care Special Session SB 1001 has 18 sponsors including two from Pima County: Senator Al Melvin (R) and Senator Frank Antenori (R).

On March 31, 2010 the full House passed the proposal on a 34-24 vote.

Pima County House Delegation Vote:

  • David Bradley (D) – Did Not Vote
  • Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) – No
  • Steve Farley (D) – No
  • David Gowan (R) – Yes
  • Matt Heinz (D) – No
  • Phil Lopes (D) – No
  • Daniel Patterson (D) – No
  • Ted Vogt (R)- Yes
  • Vic Williams (R) – Yes
  • Nancy Young Wright (D) – No

Full House Vote on Health Care Special Session SB 1001

On March 31, 2010 the full Senate passed the proposal on an 18-11 vote.

Pima County Senate Delegation Vote:

Paula Aboud (D) – No
Frank Antenori (R)- Yes
Jorge Luis Garcia (D) – No
Linda Lopez (D) – No
Al Melvin (R)- Yes

Full Senate Vote on Health Care Special Session SB 1001


Signed by Governor Jan Brewer on April 1, 2010.

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