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Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion


Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A group opposed to Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to expand Arizona's Medicaid plan under provisions of the federal health care overhaul law has filed a citizen's referendum to block the new law.

Wednesday's filing with the secretary of state's office comes just two days after Brewer signed the law allowing more than 300,000 people to join the state plan on Jan. 1.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives led by former state Sens. Frank Antenori and Ron Gould now has three months to gather 86,405 signatures. If they succeed the expansion will be blocked until the November 2014 election.

Brewer's staff has said a previous appeals court decision prevents referendums on appropriations laws, so a court battle could erupt if the group is successful.

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