PHOENIX — Lawmakers are making a push for more uniform laws across Arizona as Legislatures around the country are passing laws punishing cities and towns that diverge from state rules.
This session alone, Arizona’s Republican-controlled Legislature introduced more than a dozen bills to stop cities from crafting new regulations.
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation prohibiting cities, towns and counties from regulating plastic bags, commercial breeders in pet stores, drone ordinances, energy consumption reporting, and short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb.
He led the charge before session began calling on cities to “put the brakes” on minimum wage and employment laws he said threaten to drive the economy off a cliff.
The clash intensified this year as GOP lawmakers took greater interest in curtailing regulations they say lead to a patchwork of laws.