PHOENIX — A judge is considering whether to overturn several new Arizona laws that restrict the power of cities, counties and school districts to impose COVID-19 restrictions like mask mandates.
She heard arguments in the lawsuit Monday. A coalition of educators, parents and children’s advocacy groups argue that the provisions were unconstitutionally tucked into several unrelated budget bills.
They say the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 makes the need for masks more pressing.
A lawyer for the state attorney general says how the Legislature writes measures is a question for lawmakers, not the courts.
The laws also prohibit universities from requiring vaccinations and bar requirements that people to show they're inoculated to get into businesses.