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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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