Flagstaff group sues over Arizona law preventing cities, towns from setting minimum wage

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FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — A Flagstaff group is seeking to strike down a 2013 law that prevents cities and towns from requiring minimum wages higher than the state sets.

The Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition says the measure runs contrary to a proposition approved by voters in 2006. The proposition gave counties, cities and towns the authority to adopt minimum wages.

The coalition's lawsuit filed recently in Maricopa County Superior Court alleges the 2013 law pulls that control from local governments and puts it in the hands of the Legislature.

A 1998 constitutional amendment severely restricts legislative changes to voter-approved laws, allowing only those that further the intent of the original law.

The current minimum wage in Arizona is $8.05 per hour.

State officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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