PHOENIX — There are no more bills for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to consider
this legislative session.
Brewer on Monday took action on the final three bills that the Arizona
Legislature approved during its 4-month-long session this year. In total, Brewer
signed 280 bills and vetoed 25, including Senate Bill 1062, which would have
allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and others based on religious
The Legislature adjourned in the early hours of April 24, and Brewer had until
Tuesday to take action on hundreds of bills.
Brewer signed two bills and vetoed one Monday. The one she vetoed, House Bill
2327, would have allowed insurers to drop drivers who use their cars out of
state for long periods of time. House Bill 2327 was passed as a last-minute
amendment in the Senate and failed in the House but was brought back for
reconsideration and passed. The bill would have affected college students and
snowbirds who are insured in Arizona but who drive their cars out of the state
for long periods.
Brewer said wording in the bill is too vague and could have unintended
consequences. Arizona law prohibits insurers from canceling a policy based on
location of residence.
The governor has also vetoed a bill that would require an outside review of the
state’s child welfare agency and setting aside $250,000 for the cost.
Brewer will now call a special legislative session to deal with the new child
welfare agency that is being created. Brewer pulled Children’s Protective
Services from the Department of Economic Security in January after authorities
discovered 6,600 child-abuse and neglect cases that were not investigated
between late 2009 and last November. Brewer appointed Charles Flanagan, then the
director of the state juvenile corrections department, to lead the new agency.
But the Legislature must still create and fund the agency through legislation.
That special session is expected to begin at the end of the month.