The Arizona Senate has approved a proposal that would cut state shared revenue from cities or towns that pass regulations conflicting with state law.
All 17 Republicans present Wednesday voted for the bill and all 12 Democrats voted no.
The bill by Senate President Andy Biggs would penalize cities and towns after an investigation by the attorney general. They would have 30 days to rescind the action or lose their state revenue. The state sent $600 million to cities and towns last year.
Biggs says his Senate Bill 1487 rightly penalizes municipalities that fail to enforce state law.
League of Arizona Cities and Towns officials say the state can already sue if cities violate the law.