Thursday, February 18, 2010

Arizona government assistance recipients may become a public record

"HB2276, which now goes to the full House, starts by opening up the records of three specific programs: the state Medicaid system, the long-term care system and the Kids Care program that provides health care to children of the working poor.

But Stevens made it clear that this is just a first step. Eventually he wants driver license information from the Motor Vehicle Division and information on who has filed state tax returns from the Department of Revenue, though he said that would not include actual income information

The bill may not even stop there.

As approved Tuesday, HB2276 says the names of those enrolled in these programs "are public records and available to the public'' in accordance with the procedures of state law. That alarmed Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix."

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