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Arizona lawmakers call for AG to investigate Pima County reopening regulations

Posted at 11:50 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 15:01:48-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Three Republican lawmakers in Arizona are calling for the state's attorney general to investigate recent action by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

Sen. Vince Leach, Rep. Mark Finchem and Rep. Bret Roberts are crying foul over a proclamation passed at the last meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The proclamation turned temporary guidelines of businesses reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic into enforceable county regulations.

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The lawmakers say they believe the proclamation violates state law that "forbids counties, cities and towns from making rules and regulations inconsistent with those issued by the governor," according to a press release.

Leach, Finchem and Roberts also point to the text of Gov. Ducey's Executive Order issued Tuesday, which says "no county, city or town may make or issue any order, rule or regulation that conflicts with or is in addition to the policy, directives or intent of this Executive Order, including but not limited to any order restricting persons from leaving their home due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, or any other order, rule or regulation that was not in place as of March 11, 2020."

The Attorney General's office has, by state law, 30 days to respond to the formally-issued request.