Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature Could Strip Funding to Local Governments

Arizona lawmakers yesterday sent Gov. Doug Ducey a bill that would allow him to demand that local government ordinances fall in line with state policies, or those governments could lose state funding.

SB 1487 allows any legislator to ask the Attorney General’s Office to investigate whether a local ordinance or policy is contrary to state law. If the attorney general finds the state statute is being violated, the local government would be given 30 days to bring practices into compliance, or the state treasurer could stop providing state funds and redistribute that money to other communities.

Under the bill, if a local government disagrees, the case would go directly to the Arizona Supreme Court for a final decision.

The bill could affect the nearly $50 million in state-shared revenue the City of Tucson receives annually from the state.

Read more from Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.