Arizona Senate approves Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan
Measure still needs House vote
Gov. Jan Brewer explains her opposition Tuesday to a plan by House Speaker Andy Tobin to have voters and not the Legislature decide whether to expand the state's Medicaid program [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Jan Brewer at Medicaid rally
Gov. Jan Brewer speaks in May at a rally she organized in hopes of convincing lawmakers will approve her plan to expand Medicaid. This one featured some people who depend on services and fear they will lose them at the end of the year. The Senate gave approval to the plan Thursday night. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Senate Majority Leader John McComish led a group of Republicans to align with Democrats on Thursday to support the proposal by Gov. Jan Brewer to expand the state's Medicaid program.
Sen. Steve Yarbrough argues Thursday against adding some additional spending to the state budget plan for the coming year.
Sens. Rich Crandall and Bob Worsley
Sens. Rich Crandall, left, and Bob Worsley -- both of Mesa -- confer during a day-long debate in May over the state budget, including Medicaid expansion. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]