/ Modified jan 11, 2023 5:46 p.m.

City Council asks Attorney General Mayes to reconsider housing ordinance

The previous attorney general ruled that the city was found in violation of state law.

360 tucson chambers city hall City of Tucson's council chambers in downtown.
AZPM Staff

Tucson’s city council is asking Arizona’s Attorney General Kris Mayes to reconsider the state’s most recent decision on the city’s newest fair housing ordinance.

The unanimously passed protection bans property owners from discriminating against sources of income, like housing assistance. However, pushback stemmed from a 1487 complaint that then-Republican State Representative, now State Speaker Ben Toma filed.

He said that it violates legislative directives with the fair housing code that says large cities had to have adopted housing ordinances by Jan. 1, 1995. Arizona’s attorney general at the time, Mark Brnovich, agreed saying the city had to remove the ordinance or risk losing state funds.

The ordinance is suspended until Attorney General Mayes provides direction.

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