- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona appellate court has rejected Tempe’s challenge to the state’s authority to investigate the city for alleged discriminatory housing practices.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel on Thursday concluded that cities and towns are subject to the Arizona Fair Housing Act and the panel upheld a trial judge’s ruling in favor of the Attorney General’s Office.

The case stemmed from a man’s filing of a 2012 complaint in which he alleged that his application for a housing voucher was denied based upon an alleged disability.

Tempe resisted the investigation and argued that the housing law didn’t authorize the Attorney General’s Office to investigate complaints against municipalities.

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