Spokesman: AZ House Speaker Tobin's future up in the air - WDAM.COM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE

Spokesman: AZ House Speaker Tobin's future up in the air

Posted: Updated:
House Speaker Andy Tobin (Source: andytobin.com) House Speaker Andy Tobin (Source: andytobin.com)

The Arizona House and Senate have launched a special session focused on the state budget.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer used her executive power to call the special session late Tuesday with little notice.

Brewer's power play came after the Legislature had adjourned the regular session for the day. The House had been expected to take up Brewer's Medicaid expansion proposal early Tuesday, but Speaker Andy Tobin opted to instead delay that and other budget-related votes until Thursday.

Tobin's spokesman, Ray Torres, said the House speaker was possibly preparing to either step down or be voted out Tuesday, but no action was taken.  

"I never was asked to (step down). The executive never asked or sent an emissary to do that. None of my members have. None of the democrats have," said Tobin.

Medicaid expansion is Brewer's No. 1 priority this session, and she's grown frustrated with deadlock in the Legislature caused by conservative opposition. She wants to expand Medicaid to 300,000 more poor residents under the federal healthcare law.

The House and Senate are now expected to debate a moderate budget starting on Wednesday morning.

Moderate Republicans will likely side with Democrats to pass Brewer's budget.

Conservative Republicans called the special session unnecessary. They oppose the expansion.

"There is absolutely no need to hold a special session," said Rep. Adam Kwasman, while addressing house members from the floor.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

[Text BREAKING to 23765 to get news alerts on your mobile phone]

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • Petal hosts Pow Wow for first time

    Petal hosts Pow Wow for first time

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:01:26 GMT
    Dozens of Petal residents and members of nearly one dozen Native-American tribes from six Southeastern states are engaging in an exchange of cultures for the first time in the Friendly City this weekend.More >>
    Members of the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and other tribes are taking part in the 12th annual Golden Eagle Pow Wow.More >>
  • Hub City hosts 67th annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Hub City hosts 67th annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:57:35 GMT
    Hundreds of children and their parents got some early Easter presents at Dahmer Park Saturday morning during the 67th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the City of Hattiesburg and the Lion'sMore >>
    The event also featured games for the children. Kids could also have photos made with the Easter Bunny.More >>
  • Sacrifice Fly by Matt Durst Leads Southern Miss Past Louisiana Tech 1-0

    Sacrifice Fly by Matt Durst Leads Southern Miss Past Louisiana Tech 1-0

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:21:52 GMT
    Southern Miss Athletics Press ReleaseHATTIESBURG, Miss. – Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan MiltonMore >>
    Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan Milton combined to shutout Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech for the second-straight day in a 1-0 decision here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.More >>