Phoenix’s ABC News affiliate reports:
The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a lower court judgment that found the Republican-controlled Legislature violated the state constitution by including new laws banning school mask mandates and a series of other measures in unrelated budget bills.
The swift ruling from the state’s high court came less than two hours after the seven justices heard arguments in the state’s appeal of a trial court judge’s ruling.
The justices had hammered Solicitor General Beau Roysden with questions about the Legislature’s inclusion of policy as different as dog racing and secure ballot paper in one of the budget bills.
BREAKING: The Arizona Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the Legislature unconstitutionally passed a law banning mask mandates in schools by rolling it into the state budget earlier this year.https://t.co/G21ZXMOds4
— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) November 2, 2021
A coalition of Arizona school groups have filed a lawsuit against the state’s ban on mask mandates in the classroom.
The lawsuit states that the ban, pushed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, undermines the rights of school children and was passed illegally. https://t.co/4K4LhOQ7hO
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 14, 2021