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House rejects higher fees for doctors’ board

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has rejected a bill that would have raised
fees charged by the state board that regulates homeopathic doctors and their
assistants.

Wednesday’s 35-22 vote on HB1244 showed a split between moderate and
conservative Republicans that is likely to again be apparent when the House
takes up Medicaid expansion.

Conservative Republicans including Rep. Eddie Farnsworth argued that allowing
the board to raise fees it charges for licenses and other oversight is
essentially an expansion of government and would hurt the doctors who must pay
the fees. Rep. Brenda Barton pushed back, saying the Legislature should just
eliminate regulatory boards if it won’t fund them properly.

Republican Rep. Heather Carter says the board needed the increase so it can
ensure public safety and the doctors themselves supported the increase.

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