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Activist group files complaint against Arizona GOP lawmaker

Posted at 9:31 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 23:31:01-05

PHOENIX (AP) — An activist group has filed an ethics complaint against the chairman of a Senate committee who cut off testimony on a proposal to enshrine a ban on "sanctuary cities'' in the state constitution.

Living United for Change in Arizona says in Tuesday's complaint that Republican Sen. Eddie Farnsworth failed to allow open testimony at last week's meeting and wants him reprimanded.

They also complained that he called state police to remove members of the group from the meeting.

Farnsworth acted after the group's contract lobbyist called the measure racist.

The Senate's president defended Farnsworth as fair and says the group known as LUCHA appeared to have staged a disruption.