Medicaid expansion foes short of sigs to block law

PHOENIX (AP) - Opponents of a new law expanding Medicaid in Arizona say they're still short of the signatures needed to block the law and may not file petitions backing a referendum by Wednesday's deadline.

A group of conservative Republicans has been circulating petitions to temporarily block the law and put the referendum on the November 2014 ballot. Organizer Christine Bauserman said as of Monday evening they had only about 81,000 signatures.

Supporters need 86,405 valid signatures and need a cushion to account for invalid signatures. They're aiming for 92,000, and Bauserman says if they don't get the extra signatures by Wednesday's deadline she likely won't file the petitions.

Gov. Jan Brewer pushed the plan to add 300,000 poor Arizonans to Medicaid through the Legislature with support from Democrats and some Republicans.

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