House OKs San Tan Valley incorporation bill, Senate up next

Posted at 6:12 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 10:55:04-05
The Arizona House has approved legislation that would bypass concerns from nearby towns to the incorporation of a growing Pinal County area known as San Tan Valley. 
House Bill 2088 by Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth passed on a 40-20 vote on Tuesday. A Senate version of the bill is set for a committee hearing on Wednesday.  
The bill removes a legal provision allowing an existing city or town within six miles of a proposed incorporation to block it. Farnsworth says opposition has kept the more than 100,000 residents in San Tan Valley from becoming a city. 
Florence and Apache Junction and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns oppose the change. The League says the 6-mile rule keeps existing cities from being hemmed in and has worked well for decades.