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Ducey must take action on 33 bills Monday

Posted at 9:44 AM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 12:44:12-04

Governor Doug Ducey has 33 unsigned bills on his desk that he has to approve or veto by the end of Monday One of them would give millions to the University of Arizona.

The bill is a $1 billion dollar university loan package that would help our three state universities in Arizona take care of maintenance and building needs.

This bill was championed by Governor Ducey, so he is expected to sign it. It would allow UA to replace nearly century old air conditioning systems, repair old buildings and piping, and build new research facilities.

The universities would acquire funding by recapturing the sales tax they pay to the state.

Additionally, there are two other bills awaiting Ducey's signature generating a lot of attention from first responders. There are two separate bills to expand worker's compensation for firefighters who get cancer or other injuries on the job.

House bill 2161 would expand the types of cancer that would be covered under worker's compensation insurance. Right now, only 7 types of cancer are covered, they're hoping to add ten more cancers to the list.

House bill 2410 would expand the coverage for cardiac-related issues for firefighters. Firefighters are at an increased cancer risk because of the carcinogens they are in contact with daily while on the job.

Ducey has signed 317 bills so far this year and vetoed five others. The legislature adjourned its 2017 session on May 10.

If the Governor does not take action on a bill, it will automatically become law at the end of the day today.