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Ruling upholds Arizona law on college board seats

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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 2:15 pm

A court ruling upholds the constitutionality of an Arizona law creating two new at-large seats on the board that oversees Maricopa County's community college system.

Opponents of the 2010 law argued that it violated the Arizona Constitution's ban on special legislation because it was written to affect only Maricopa County.

However, the Arizona Capitol Times reports that Superior Court Judge Randall Warner ruled that the Legislature can write laws that only apply to one county because Maricopa County's large population makes it unique.

The ruling allows elections for the two at-large seats to continue, but a lawyer for officials and activists who challenged the law says an appeal is likely.

The Maricopa County Community College District also has five members elected to represent districts.

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