One week before the Primary Election in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District and the CBS affiliate revisits criticisms of one of the Republicans in the race, Andy Biggs.
In 2013, lawmakers Michelle Ungenti-Rita and Kelly Townsend pushed for legislation to de-certify police in Colorado City who failed to enforce Arizona laws protecting underage women from forced marriages to male members of the FLDS church. Survivors of the FLDS church claimed that local law enforcement swore more of an allegiance to convicted felon church leader Warren Jeffs than to Arizona statutes. Ugenti-Rita and Townsend introduced legislation to remove authority from Colorado City law enforcement.
The bill easily passed the Arizona House.
But when it got to the State Senate, President Andy Biggs refused to allow the bill to move forward in the committee process.
Reps Townsend and Ugenti-Rita claim, it was because they spoke out against Biggs and challenged his authority. The bill was assigned to committees but never received a hearing.
Senator Biggs never gave an explanation why the bills were blocked until right before CBS aired their report. His campaign spokesman claims it had to do with the constitutionality of the legislation.
Here’s the video report by CBS-5: