PHOENIX — The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill targeting
police in a northern Arizona polygamist community after stripping it of
provisions that would have immediately triggered actions that could have led to
a sheriff’s department takeover.
The bill was opposed by a lawmaker from Kingman who argued it unfairly targeted
the community’s law enforcement officers.
The original bill would have set up a process for a local police agency to be
replaced by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office if at least half of its officers
have lost their law enforcement certifications in a five-year period. Only
Colorado City met that threshold.
The Marshal patrols that town and adjacent Hildale, Utah.
The amended bill approved Thursday will lead to action only if more officers
lose their certification.