New State Laws Tough On Towns

Community officials briefed on new rules affecting government

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The Arizona Legislature clobbered cities and towns this year with a host of new laws — but it could have been far worse, according to Arizona League of Cities and Towns lobbyists.

“We will remember this legislative session as the most anti-city Legislature anyone can recall — it was just shocking,” said League Executive Director Ken Strobeck Wednesday at a meeting of top officials from Payson, Star Valley and Gila County.

The Legislature gobbled up some $46 million in money that would normally go to cities and towns. That included more than $200,000 in various funds Payson would have received.

State lawmakers also proposed 1,350 new laws, many of which laid expensive new requirements on towns and counties. The League’s lobbyists spent most of their time trying to stop or modify some 250 bills affecting cities. Some of those bills would The Arizona Legislature clobbered cities and towns this year with a host of new laws — but it could have been far worse, according to Arizona League of Cities and Towns lobbyists.

“We will remember this legislative session as the most anti-city Legislature anyone can recall — it was just shocking,” said League Executive Director Ken Strobeck Wednesday at a meeting of top officials from Payson, Star Valley and Gila County.

The Legislature gobbled up some $46 million in money that would normally go to cities and towns. That included more than $200,000 in various funds Payson would have received.

State lawmakers also proposed 1,350 new laws, many of which laid expensive new requirements on towns and counties. The League’s lobbyists spent most of their time trying to stop or modify some 250 bills affecting cities. Some of those bills would have

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