Feathered Bastard

Michelle Ugenti's Anti-Colorado City Bill Gets No Love from State Senate

If more than two-thirds of the state House votes in favor of a bill that would rein in corruption in local police forces, you would anticipate that the proposed legislation at least would receive a hearing in the state Senate, wouldn't you?

See also: -Eddie Farnsworth Blocked Hearing for Anti-Child-Sex-Trafficking Bill -Andy Biggs, the $10 Million Chairman, and His Tuesday Night Massacre Not in the case of House Bill 2648, which would create a complex mechanism by which an out-of-control law enforcement agency could be decertified by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, and taken over by a law enforcement administrator appointed by a county board of supervisors.

Sponsored by Republican Representative Michelle Ugenti, the bill was meant to address problems with the Hildale-Colorado City Marshal's Office, which patrols both Colorado City and Hildale on the Arizona-Utah border, a twin city notorious for its association with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The tiny police force of six men has been accused of protecting polygamists, preventing "plural wives" from leaving their husbands, and being an instrument of intimidation close to the FLDS cult.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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