Governor Signs Bill That Could Hurt Local Funding

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill yesterday that intends to financially penalize cities that pass laws or policies that don't comply with state law.

SB 1487, which takes effect later this year, requires the state treasurer to withhold revenue sharing dollars from any city or county once the attorney general concludes the local laws or policies are contrary to state statutes.

The new law allows any state legislator to ask the attorney general to investigate any ordinance, regulation, order, or official action by a community to see if it violates Arizona's statutes or the constitution. If the attorney general finds a conflict, the local community is given 30 days to bring practices into compliance, or the state treasurer could stop providing state funds and redistribute that money to other communities. If a local government disagrees, the case would go directly to the Arizona Supreme Court for a final decision.

The law 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.