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Judge holds hearing on whether Hobbs illegally placed leaders at AZ agencies

The case of whether Gov. Katie Hobbs illegally placed leaders at state agencies without Senate approval was in county Superior Court on Monday. 

Frustrated with a lack of action on director nominations last year, Hobbs withdrew their names and installed them under the title “executive deputy directors.”

Senate President Warren Petersen sued, claiming that was an illegal work-around of checks and balances. 

Hobbs’s attorney Andrew Gaona says nothing the governor did was illegal. 

"The governor could transmit nominees for all 13 of these positions tomorrow, withdraw those nominees the very next day or even the very next minute, and the Senate would be in no different a position than it is right now and would have no claim against the governor," Gaona said. 

The judge did not say when he would rule. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.