AG to appeal ruling on 2017 campaign finance overhaul

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announces a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents on Sept. 8. The suit alleges ABOR is not adhering to a constitutional requirement that tuition for residents attending state universities be “nearly as free as possible.”
/Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will appeal a ruling that parts of a campaign finance overhaul violated the Voter Protection Act by altering the state’s clean elections process, Arizona Capitol Times reports.

Brnovich’s decision came as other defendants in the lawsuit, filed by the Arizona Advocacy Network and some legislative Democrats in 2017, opted against defending the law any further in court. Among those defendants: Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who was in the unique position of having once been a plaintiff in the same case.

Hobbs was a Democratic state senator when the case by AZAN was filed in 2017. In November 2018, she was elected secretary of state, replacing the former secretary, Republican Michele Reagan, as a defendant in the case.

Arizona Capitol Times notes that after first removing herself as a plaintiff, Hobbs decided earlier this month not to seek an appeal of the Maricopa County Superior Court ruling, which struck down several parts of the controversial election law passed under Reagan’s watch.


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