Arizona Legislature ends Brewer’s special session

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature has voted to end a special session ordered by Gov. Jan Brewer after passing an $8.8 billion budget that includes her Medicaid expansion plan.

The Legislature adjourned Thursday after a marathon week that saw Brewer call lawmakers into the special session late Tuesday with little notice after months of stalled negotiations.

The House passed the budget and Medicaid plan early Thursday morning following a 12-hour debate that exposed a fractured Republican majority. The Senate passed the proposals Thursday afternoon.

Conservatives opposed the proposal, but were outvoted by other Republicans and all Democrats.

The Medicaid expansion is optional under last year’s Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care law. Many Republican governors rejected it.

Arizona lawmakers are still working on other bills in the regular legislative session.

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