- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The state House has approved a bill allowing Arizona cities, towns and counties to regulate sober living homes.

The measure by Rep. Noel Campbell of Prescott allows local authorities to register sober living homes, adopt standards and set management qualifications.

Sober living homes are the final step to recovery for many former drug addicts who are looking for a structured place to live after leaving in-patient care, correctional facilities and hospitals.

Campbell says the bill is necessary to regulate a growing industry fostered in part by the state’s burgeoning drug problems related to prescription opioids.

Opponents say the measure might violate federal standards that consider recovering drug addicts a protected class.

House Bill 2107 passed on a 49-9 vote Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate.

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