By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Republic
A lawsuit from the Arizona attorney general attacking a hotel deal by Arizona State University was shot down by an Arizona Tax Court judge on Wednesday.
In the lawsuit, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued that a deal by ASU to bring an Omni Hotel onto land owned by the Arizona Board of Regents was unlawful.
Brnovich originally filed suit in January, saying ASU was improperly allowing a private business to use its tax-exempt land. In April, he amended his complaint to add an allegation that the plan violates the Arizona Constitution’s gift clause because the hotel would be paying well below market value for the site.