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Senate Passes Bill Allowing Cities To Regulate Arizona's Sober Living Homes

A bill that would bring group homes for recovering addicts under more government oversight is one step closer to the Governor’s desk.

HB2107 passed the state senate overwhelmingly Monday.

Concerns about unregulated sober living homes have grown in recent years as they have proliferated in communities including Prescott. These homes have no government oversight other than local ordinances in some cases. The legislation would empower cities to better monitor what goes on in them and, for example, impose supervision requirements.

Those supporting the bill accuse some of the operators — especially those affiliated with treatment programs — as profiteering. However, the industry pushes back and says these regulations will violate federal fair housing laws, which prohibits discrimination against a protected class, including recovering addicts.

The bill now heads to the House.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.