While specifically aimed at Tucson’s gun ordinances, it would apply statewide:
HB 2517, approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee, would change all that.
It says any individual or organization whose membership is â€śadversely affectedâ€ť by a law they believe is illegal can sue. Challengers who win are entitled to legal fees and damages up to $100,000.
The legislation also says the court can assess a civil penalty of up to $500,000 against any elected or appointed government official if a judge determines the violation of state pre-emption laws was â€śknowing and willful.â€ť
And to make sure that resonates with city officials, HB 2517 forbids the city from reimbursing the council member or employee for that penalty. It even says the official has to bear his or her own legal fees.
Of course, while the committee has passed it, there’s still a long road to travel before the Governor signs it into law.
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