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Arizona lawmakers revive Colorado City police bill

Published May 3, 2012 2:54 pm

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Phoenix • Arizona lawmakers are reviving a proposal to allow Mohave County officials to abolish the police department in a northern Arizona community with a polygamist enclave.

The House recently defeated the bill championed by Attorney General Tom Horne, but it's alive again. That's after the Senate on Thursday inserted it into another law-enforcement bill already approved by the House.

The maneuver is being attempted as legislators try to end their annual session.

Horne says Colorado City officers who are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints flout the law and are simply replaced by other followers of imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs if removed individually.

Critics say the bill unfairly targets Colorado City and that current officers haven't done anything wrong.