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Arizona Court of Appeals Upholds Medicaid Expansion

The Arizona Court of Appeals has affirmed the lower court and held that Arizona's Medicaid expansion was constitutional.  The court rejected the argument advanced by disgruntled legislators who had opposed the expansion that the hospital assessment authorized by the legislature but set and implemented by the AHCCS Director was a tax, and thus required a supermajority in order to pass.  Rather, the court agreed with the State and the Center that it was an assessment that fell within a constitutional exception. As a result, the legislation was constitutional and was properly enacted with a majority vote.  

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Tim Hogan receives John R. McDonald Award from ASBA

For 20 years, Hogan has worked diligently as the Center's executive director and lead counsel. During this time, the center has won major victories for public education including playing a pertinent role in the settlement of the inflation lawsuit which led to the passage of Prop. 123.

This special award was developed to honor prominent Tucson Attorney John R. McDonald who passed away in 2012. McDonald was once president of the Arizona School Boards Association and left a legacy of dedication to improving education. 

Those honored with this award have reflected the spirit of John R. McDonald. This award is presented to an attorney each year who is considered a leader in public education for outstanding contributions to Arizona.

ACLPI Board President Roopali Desai named one of the 40 under 40

Roopali Desai, the president of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, has been named to the  Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016, which recognizes up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40 who have made a major impact in the Valley’s business and charitable communities. This year nearly 400 nominations were submitted for consideration, a record for the publication.

Roopali was honored for her professional background as one of the state’s top election/government law attorneys, as well as her extensive community work over the past decade. In addition to her volunteer work with ACLPI, she serves on the Board for the ACLU of Arizona, where her expertise in election law helps the organization navigate rights equality and government transparency. She was also recently nominated to the Board of Directors for New Pathways for Youth, which empowers the highest-risk youth. Earlier this summer, Roopali was also recognized by Az Business Magazine as one of the 2016 Most Influential Women in Arizona.