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Arizona legislators sitting on bills despite ruling

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Legislature is sitting on approved bills by not sending them to Gov. Jan Brewer despite a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling that said lawmakers cannot do that.

The ruling resulted from a lawsuit filed by Brewer when lawmakers refused to promptly send her budget bills that she planned to veto.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported that the House is holding 17 bills and the Senate three.

But Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson said his boss has no problem with bills being held at this time.

Brewer has said she'll veto bills sent to her under a moratorium intended to force action on a budget and her proposed Medicaid expansion.

House Speaker Andy Tobin said he's trying to respect Brewer's wishes though he acknowledges he's violating the 2009 ruling.

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