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Law Enforcement Can Enforce Emergency Measures, Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Says

Mark Brnovich
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Mark Brnovich

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich  issued an opinion Tuesday affirming law enforcement’s authority to enforce emergency declarations.

The decision comes a day after Gov. Doug Ducey  issued a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The opinion says when cities and towns in Arizona declare a state of emergency, sheriff’s offices and local police have the right to enforce it. Violators of emergency measures could be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. That’s Arizona’s most serious misdemeanor charge and is punishable by up to six months in jail.

The decision specifies cities and towns that issue emergency declarations should not be inconsistent with declarations by the governor. Several Arizona mayors have  called on Ducey to take more drastic actions in response to the coronavirus.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent reporting on a variety of issues, including public health and climate change.