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Lots of bills expected as filing deadline looms

Posted at 5:21 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 07:21:10-05

A flurry of bills are likely to be filed by the end of the day as an Arizona Senate deadline for introducing legislation looms.

Monday's deadline for filing without special permission comes as hot-button legislation on issues like abortion and tax cuts have yet to emerge. The House hits its deadline in a week.

Senate President Andy Biggs promised last month to block Arizona's Medicaid program from paying for any Planned Parenthood services, but the proposal has yet to emerge.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow a similar state law to take effect in 2014.

The state doesn't cover abortions, but other care Planned Parenthood provides is eligible for payment.

A bill regulating medication abortions was filed last week.

Senators have filed 445 bills and House members 568.