Colorado City police bill fails in Arizona House

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

COLORADO CITY, Ariz. -- Arizona lawmakers have shot down a bill that would have abolished the police department in Colorado City.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives upheld Speaker Andy Tobin’s ruling that Senate Bill 1433 violated a rule against combining unrelated legislation.

The bill would have removed Colorado City’s police force and placed the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in charge.

The House of Representatives had previously rejected the bill, but the Senate created a new version on Thursday.

Attorney General Tom Horne was a supporter of Senate Bill 1433. He explained that members of the Colorado City police force who are also members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints defy the law.

Horne added that officers who are removed from the force individually are replaced by other supporters of imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.

Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan also supported Senate Bill 1433.

“It’s a bill that is long overdue, and will help us do our job and bring competent law enforcement to the city of Colorado City,” Sheahan stated.

Rep. Nancy McLain of Mohave County voted against the bill, claiming it targets one specific group.

“It’s a blatantly unconstitutional bill. It is strictly special legislation,” McLain remarked.