PHOENIX – The state attorney general is currently investigating whether the city of Tucson has broken state law by requiring city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tucson is on the verge of breaking a homicide record set in 2008 when 79 people were killed. State Senator Vince Leach doesn’t think this is the time to fire first responders if they aren’t vaccinated. A combined total of 113 Tucson first responders are at risk of being sacked in December because they are not vaccinated or have not received religious or medical accommodation.
Senator Leach filed an application in 1487 with the Attorney General. It allows a member of the legislature to demand an investigation into actions taken by a city or town to see if they violate state law.
In her complaint, Leach cited the letter from the Governor’s Executive Advisor, Anni Foster, sent to Tucson City Attorney Mike G. Rankin, warning that the layoffs could be illegal and that any action by the city should at least wait. that the state Supreme Court decides whether the Arizona anti-mask warrant law is constitutional. The court will hear the appeal on November 2.
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In September, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that two provisions of the law were unconstitutional. But the judge left open a provision requiring an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee on religious grounds.
“If someone presents a sincere religious belief, you must show deference and make an accommodation,” Leach said of the law’s confirmed anti-mask warrant provision.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero on Thursday rejected Foster’s letter to the city, calling it a politically motivated attempt by the governor to micromanage Tucson. The mayor commented on the attorney general’s investigation on Friday. If Tucson’s vaccine mandate turns out to be a violation of state law, that would mean Tucson could lose tens of millions of dollars of its allocation from state sales tax revenues.
Tucson has until Tuesday to respond to the attorney general regarding State Senator Leach’s complaint.
The attorney general has until the end of November to decide whether or not Tucson has violated state law.