ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill targeting state bar complaints

May 9, 2022, 7:30 PM
(KTAR News File Photo/Torrence Dunham)...
(KTAR News File Photo/Torrence Dunham)
(KTAR News File Photo/Torrence Dunham)

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill requiring the state bar to pay attorney fees and other costs if the organization seeks to discipline a lawyer and ends up losing.

The Republican governor signed the measure on Monday, hours after Senate Republicans gave final approval in a party-line vote.

Critics warned the measure has the potential to discourage investigations of attorneys accused of ethical violations or other misbehavior.

Republican Sen. Vince Leach introduced the bill after Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs filed a bar complaint against Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, which he said had “weaponized” the bar complaint system.

Hobbs said Brnovich and lawyers in his office broke attorney ethics rules while representing her in cases related to the 2020 election. Brnovich agreed to a settlement this year with the State Bar of Arizona.

Under the new law, the bar will be required to pay for attorney fees and court costs if it pursues discipline but doesn’t win the case. Leach’s bill originally would have required the bar to also pay for investigation costs, the loss of future earnings and damage to a lawyer’s reputation but those provisions were stripped from the bill by the House.

Joel England, executive director of the state bar, told lawmakers the small number of disciplinary cases shows the system has not been weaponized.

He said with nearly 25,000 lawyers in the state, there were 2,885 charges and 403 were investigated in 2020. He said formal action was taken in 68 cases.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(File Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Arizona to get $52K in settlement with Carnival Cruise Line over data breach

Arizona will receive just over $52,000 as part of a multistate settlement with Carnival Cruise Line over a data breach.
7 hours ago
(Scottsdale Community College Photo)...
KTAR.com

Scottsdale Community College launching new pharmacy tech training program

Scottsdale Community College announced this week the launch of a pharmacy technician training program.
7 hours ago
(Photo by/KTAR News' Taylor Kinnerup)...
KTAR.com

Protest at Capitol in Phoenix over abortion ruling broken up by tear gas

A protest at the Capitol in downtown Phoenix on Friday was ended after authorities used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
1 day ago
(KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)...
KTAR.com

KTAR News celebrates 100th anniversary with first pitch, national anthem at Diamondbacks game

KTAR News 92.3 FM (KTAR) celebrated its 100th anniversary of being the Trusted Voice of the Valley with throwing the first pitch and singing the national anthem at the Diamondbacks game on Friday.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Piper Hudspeth Blackburn, File)...
Danny Shapiro

Women’s health providers in Arizona halting abortions following Supreme Court ruling

Some women's health providers in Arizona are halting abortions following Friday's Supreme Court ruling that stripped away constitutional protections for women and left decisions on their legality to the states.
1 day ago
Rusty French, left, is accused of killing Pamela Rae Martinez on June 11, 2022, in Glendale, Arizon...
KTAR.com

Man arrested after police find his photo on slain Glendale woman’s cellphone

Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a Glendale woman who photographed the suspect before her death.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill targeting state bar complaints