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Biggs v. Cooper

Supreme Court of Arizona

December 31, 2014

ANDY BIGGS; ANDY TOBIN; NANCY BARTO; JUDY BURGES; CHESTER CRANDELL; GAIL GRIFFIN; AL MELVIN; KELLI WARD; STEVE YARBROUGH; KIMBERLY YEE; JOHN ALLEN; BRENDA BARTON; SONNY BORRELLI; PAUL BOYER; KAREN FANN; EDDIE FARNSWORTH; THOMAS FORESE; DAVID GOWAN; RICK GRAY; JOHN KAVANAGH; ADAM KWASMAN; DEBBIE LESKO; DAVID LIVINGSTON; PHIL LOVAS; J.D. MESNARD; DARIN MITCHELL; STEVE MONTENEGRO; JUSTIN OLSON; WARREN PETERSEN; JUSTIN PIERCE; CARL SEEL; STEVE SMITH; DAVID STEVENS; BOB THORPE; KELLY TOWNSEND; MICHELLE UGENTI; JEANETTE DUBREIL; KATIE MILLER; TOM JENNEY, Petitioners,
v.
THE HONORABLE KATHERINE COOPER, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF MARICOPA, Respondent Judge, JANICE K. BREWER, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA; THOMAS J. BETLACH, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS DIRECTOR OF THE ARIZONA HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT SYSTEM, Real Parties in Interest

Appeal from the Superior Court in Maricopa County. The Honorable Katherine M. Cooper, Judge. No. CV2013-011699. Opinion of the Court of Appeals, Division One, 234 Ariz. 515, 323 P.3d 1166 (2014) .

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Clint Bolick, Kurt M. Altman, and Christina Sandefur (argued), Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute, Phoenix, Attorneys for Andy Biggs; Andy Tobin; Nancy Barto; Judy Burges; Chester Crandell; Gail Griffin; Al Melvin; Kelli Ward; Steve Yarbrough; Kimberly Yee; John Allen; Brenda Barton; Sonny Borrelli; Paul Boyer; Karen Fann; Eddie Farnsworth; Thomas Forese; David Gowan; Rick Gray; John Kavanagh; Adam Kwasman; Debbie Lesko; David Livingston; Phil Lovas; J.D. Mesnard; Darin Mitchell; Steve Montenegro; Justin Olson; Warren Petersen; Justin Pierce; Carl Seel; Steve Smith; David Stevens; Bob Thorpe; Kelly Townsend; Michelle Ugenti; Jeanette Dubreil; Katie Miller; Tom Jenney.

Douglas C. Northup, Timothy Berg (argued), Patrick Irvine, and Carrie Pixler Ryerson, Fennemore Craig, P.C., Phoenix, Attorneys for Governor Janice K. Brewer and Director Thomas J. Betlach; and Joseph Sciarrotta, Jr., Office of Governor Janice K. Brewer, Phoenix, Co-Counsel for Governor Janice K. Brewer.

Timothy M. Hogan and Joy Herr-Cardillo, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Phoenix; and Ellen Sue Katz, William E. Morris Institute for Justice, Phoenix, Attorneys for Amici Curiae Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and The William E. Morris Institute for Justice.

Kory A. Langhofer and Thomas J. Basile, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Phoenix, Attorneys for Amici Curiae Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, Abrazo Health Care, Banner Health, and Dignity Health.

Joseph A. Kanefield and Brunn W. Roysden, III, Ballard Spahr LLP, Phoenix, Attorneys for Amici Curiae Fife Symington, III, et al.

James S. Burling, Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento, CA, Attorneys for Amicus Curiae Pacific Legal Foundation.

Timothy A. LaSota, Tiffany & Bosco, P.A., Phoenix, Attorneys for Amicus Curiae Arizona Free Enterprise Club.

Carrie Ann Donnell, Sitren Legal, Phoenix, Attorneys for Amicus Curiae Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

JUSTICE BERCH authored the opinion of the Court, in which CHIEF JUSTICE BALES, VICE CHIEF JUSTICE PELANDER, and JUSTICES BRUTINEL and TIMMER joined.

OPINION

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[236 Ariz. 417] BERCH, JUSTICE.

[ΒΆ1] We granted review to determine whether a group of legislators who voted against House Bill (" HB" ) 2010 has standing to challenge whether it was passed in a constitutional manner. Because the group had enough votes to have blocked the bill if passage required a supermajority vote, the ...


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