By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times
Calling the law a mistake, two House Democrats are leading the charge to repeal a 2016 measure that stripped cities and towns of their ability to regulate short-term and vacation rentals.
But a key Republican lawmaker, no fan of that 2016 law, said outright repeal is not politically realistic.
Rep. Aaron Lieberman, D-Paradise Valley, acknowledged Friday that the original measure passed with bipartisan support. The legislation was promoted to lawmakers as a way for people to get a little extra money by renting out a spare bedroom for special events.
But the reality, he said, has been quite different, with investors buying up homes solely to rent them out for weekends, creating de facto hotels.