Phoenix, AZ – The Governor's Regulatory Review Council has voted unanimously to extend health and other benefits to the domestic partners of state and university employees. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, the testimony, unlike the vote, was divided.
State Sen. Ken Cheuvront said the move is simply a recognition that many private companies already offer such benefits, as do several Arizona cities. That fact, he said, is well known by state employees.
Phoenix, AZ – The state House has agreed to let Williams keep pumping water it gets from an illegally drilled well. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports some lawmakers are not happy about it.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano has signed legislation to eventually require insurance companies to provide coverage for autism. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
The Centers for Disease Control say one child out of 150 has some form of autism which, in its most severe form, alters the thinking, feeling, language skills and ability to relate to others. Gretchen Jacobs said the condition historically never was covered by insurers.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet has rejected a legislative plan to freeze all state and university hiring. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
In her second veto of the session, the governor called the measue -- quote -- an unwarranted intrusion -- unquote -- into her power as the state's chief executive. But Rep. Bob Robson who crafted the bill said it is Napolitano who doesn't understand the constitution.