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Arizona bill targets police in polygamist enclave

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill advancing in the Arizona Legislature would abolish the police department in Colorado City, a northern Arizona community where state Attorney General Tom Horne says officers who are followers of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs flout the law.
PAUL DAVENPORT
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill advancing in the Arizona Legislature would abolish the police department in Colorado City, a northern Arizona community where state Attorney General Tom Horne says officers who are followers of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs flout the law.

The bill would set up a process for a local police agency to be abolished if at least half of its officers have lost their law enforcement certifications, and Horne says decertifications of Colorado City officers would pull that trigger.

The Senate Government Reform Committee's approval of the bill on Wednesday positions it for consideration by the full Senate following a legal review by the Rules Committee.

Arizona previously seized control of the Colorado City school district based on findings of financial mismanagement.

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