In Brief: AZ Governor Vetoes Health Care Bill

April 21, 2011

Earlier this week Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoed SB 1592, a bill which directed the Governor to form specific compacts with other states on behalf of Arizona, in order for citizens there to purchase health care insurance across state lines.

Her, reason, she wrote in her veto letter, included the fact that directing the governor to sign such an agreement would violate the separation of powers requirement outlined in Article 3 of the Arizona constitution.

While Governer Brewer was wielding her veto stamp, she also vetoed Arizona’s so-called “birther” bill, which would require political candidates to provide specific documentation (beyond their short-form birth certificates) in order to appear on ballots in the state, and another bill that would have authorized students to carry guns on campus.