Law to force AG investigation of cities ‘rung’ again, complaint withdrawn quickly

Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma /Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times

By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

A Yuma lawmaker on Friday started the short-lived process of initiating an attorney general investigation into whether the City of Somerton violated state law by charging a local church a fee for a building permit.

Republican Rep. Don Shooter quickly withdrew the complaint on Monday after word spread that city officials are working to fix a local zoning ordinance that conflicts with state law.

The complaint was filed under SB 1487, a 2016 law that allows lawmakers to require the attorney general investigate alleged violations of Arizona law or the Constitution by municipalities.

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