By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times
A judge has thrown out part of the challenge to a new state law that bars cities and towns from telling private employers what fringe benefits and paid time off they have to provide for workers.
In a ruling released Wednesday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Oberbillig said members of city councils from Tucson, Flagstaff and Tempe have no legal standing to challenge the validity of the law.
The judge said the fact that they are pushing to have their communities enact such restrictions is not enough. Only once a city enacts an ordinance that runs afoul of state law can they sue to have the statute overturned.
Oberbillig also said a union whose members might be aided if cities enact fringe benefit requirements could not sue.