Arizona Supreme Court rules school mask mandate ban violated state constitution
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Republican-controlled Legislature violated the state constitution by including new laws banning school mask mandates and a series of other measures in unrelated budget bills.
The swift ruling from the state’s high court Tuesday came less than two hours after the court heard arguments in the state’s appeal of a trial court judge’s ruling.
The justices had questions about the Republican-controlled Legislature’s inclusion of policy as different as dog racing and secure ballot paper in one of the budget bill.
The trial court judge sided with education groups that argued lawmakers violated the state constitution’s requirement that subjects be related and expressed in the title of bills.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said in a statement that the ruling should serve as a reminder to Governor Doug Ducey and to state lawmakers that they are “not above the Arizona Constitution.”
“Now that the legal issues have been resolved, I hope we can all focus our attention towards ensuring every eligible Arizonan is vaccinated. This must be our top priority so that we can continue our economic recovery and keep our communities healthy,” she said.
Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.