Representative Bret Roberts seeks attorney general’s legal opinion on Pima County curfew

Representative Bret Roberts seeks attorney general’s legal opinion on Pima County curfew
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Representative Bret Roberts (R-11) today requested a legal opinion from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office on whether a resolution recently passed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors implementing a mandatory curfew conflicts with the Governor’s Executive Order (2020-36) issued on May 12, 2020, or any other Executive Order, statute, constitutional provision, or existing law.

“I fully support the personal choices and efforts made by individuals to help curb the public spread of the coronavirus, but I absolutely reject government mandates that erode personal liberty or punish businesses who may already be financially struggling as it is,” Representative Roberts said.  “The County’s curfew does just that, all in the name of preventing COVID-19.  Of course, the curfew won’t stop the virus, but I believe it does violate individual freedom and stands as a clear case of dangerous government overreach.  I’ve sought the Attorney General’s opinion with the intent to bring legal clarity on the matter and to help inform me and other legislators whether legislative action may be needed.”

The resolution, approved by supervisors in a split 3-2 vote on December 15, 2020, mandates a daily curfew throughout the county between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

A copy of the resolution may be viewed online here.

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