- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An advocacy group is at least temporarily dropping a lawsuit challenging a planned 2016 referendum asking Arizona voters to authorize paying for the administration of state trust land by diverting money from public schools and other trust beneficiaries.

The Arizona Capitol Times (https://goo.gl/Pivj11 ) reports that the Center for Law in the Public Interest agreed with the state to dismiss the lawsuit for now.

The lawsuit contends the planned referendum violates Arizona’s statehood law by not requiring that the change get congressional approval.

The agreement temporarily resolves the issue by dismissing the suit. But the center could refile the suit if voters approve the referendum without the state also getting congressional approval.

Arizona at statehood received millions of acres to be held in trust for schools and other beneficiaries.


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