Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution.
The decision announced late Thursday comes on the eve of a House hearing on the proposal the Republican governor asked lawmakers to send to voters.
Republican leaders of the House and Senate and the governor's spokesman issued identical statements on the decision
“I think what would hurt the state’s reputation is sanctuary cities, which people have tried to put on the ballot.
City leaders in the Democratic stronghold cited SB1070's ban and the potential loss of state and federal dollars in campaigning against the effort.