Arizona legislature passes huge school voucher expansion bill

Posted at 12:17 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 01:43:36-04

The Arizona House has joined the Senate is passing a major school voucher expansion bill.

Thursday evening's 31-28 vote sends the bill to Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature.

The Arizona Senate voted 16-13 earlier in the day to approve the measure which allows all 1.1 million school students qualify for vouchers letting them use state funding for private schools. An amendment places a growth cap on the program that would allow at most 30,000 children after 2022.

The Senate debated the proposal for nearly three hours Thursday before the measure advanced to a vote. The House spent just as long on debate.

The negotiated changes also cut the cost of the program from an estimated $24 million to a $3.4 million general fund savings.


Spectators in the House gallery chanted "shame, shame" when the tally was announced.