PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House today will debate a bill that would impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws. The bill's Republican sponsor says he wants the state "to have some teeth" in enforcing existing law. Democrats complained that the state objects when the federal government imposes laws on Arizona, but then it does the same to municipalities.
PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon are scheduled to be interviewed in the coming weeks in a civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Wilcox is a critic of Arpaio's immigration efforts and was the target of an unsuccessful corruption investigation conducted by the sheriff's office. In 2008, Gordon accused Arpaio's office of unfairly singling out Latinos in its patrols and sought a civil rights investigation of the agency.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona regulators are asking electric utilities in the state to say whether they're prepared for security threats ranging from cyberattacks to penetrations of equipment and facilities. A letter to the utilities opens by citing a 2013 attack in which snipers damaged equipment at a California substation. The perpetrators haven't been apprehended.
PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed two new members to the Arizona Board of Regents. Ronald Shoopman has been appointed to replace outgoing Regent Dennis DeConcini, and William Ridenour will succeed outgoing regent Anne Mariucci. Both men will serve eight-year terms, pending Senate confirmation.
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