Sep 11, 2013 4:37 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Opponents of a new law expanding Medicaid in Arizona say they're still about 5,000 signatures short of the minimum they need to force a referendum with just hours to go before the filing 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 Wednesday morning they had only about 81,000 signatures.
Supporters need 86,405 valid signatures and need a cushion to account for invalid ones.
The group has until 5 p.m. to file with the Secretary of State's office. Bauserman says they're still collecting signatures.
Gov. Jan Brewer pushed the plan to add 300,000 poor Arizonans to Medicaid through the Legislature with support from Democrats and some Republicans.