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“What do these measures have to do with the budget?” Cooper asked.

The judge also voided all or part of three other measures for similar reasons.

Assistant Attorney General Michael Catlett, arguing for Brnovich, contends that it is up to lawmakers to decide what is relevant to a bill. And he said that courts are powerless to tell a separate branch of government how to operate.

Cooper, however, said she is not telling lawmakers what to approve but instead determining if they acted in accord with the Arizona Constitution.

“Whether the legislature complied with the requirements of (the Constitution) and whether a provision is reasonably related to ‘budget reconciliation’ are questions property before the court,” she wrote.

The reconciliation bills have often been used for “logrolling,” putting unpopular changes in law into a single package that forces legislators who want another provision to have to support because of the take-it-or-leave-it nature.

That is precisely what happened earlier this year after lawmakers refused to approve a bill that proponents said prohibits the teaching of “critical race theory.”

For example, it would bar teaching that someone is inherently biased due to those their ethnicity, race or sex, or that an individual should feel discomfort, guilt or psychological stress because of any of the same factors.


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