Ducey delays waterpark reopening with move to federal court

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The attorney for a Mesa water park is accusing the governor of “playing games” in a bid to delay a ruling on whether it is the victim of illegal discrimination.

The accusation by Joel Sannes comes after Brett Johnson, the private attorney hired by Gov. Doug Ducey, had the lawsuit transferred to federal court. That comes just days before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Janice Crawford had scheduled a hearing to hear the issue.

Sannes did not dispute the maneuver is legal.

The lawsuit on behalf of Mesa Golfland Sunsplash charges that Ducey is violating various state constitutional provisions in keeping the park closed while allowing virtually identical operations at resorts to be open. Those cases are normally tried in state court.

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