- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a lawsuit challenging a voter approved minimum wage increase (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has called a hearing on a new lawsuit that attempts to block a voter-approved law increasing Arizona’s minimum wage.

Judge Daniel Kiley sent an initial hearing on the request by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce for Friday afternoon.

The chamber and other groups sued on Thursday. They say the law boosting minimum wages from $8.05 an hour to $10 on Jan. 1 fails to identify a funding source for increased state costs. Proposition 206 exempts the state of Arizona but the lawsuit argues the state remains on the hook for increased costs of its contractors so the state Constitution requires a revenue source.

The suit also says a separate paid sick time provision violates a constitutional provision that only a single subject can be addressed in constitutional amendment.

The lawsuit names the state of Arizona, but the group backing the initiative expects to defend it. The group’s attorney says both claims are without merit.

11:35 p.m.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and other groups have sued to try to block a new voter-approved measure that increases the state’s minimum wage.

The lawsuit filed Thursday challenges the law that takes effect next month because it fails to identify a funding source for increased state costs. Proposition 206 exempts the state of Arizona but the lawsuit argues the state remains on the hook for increased costs of its contractors so the state Constitution requires a revenue source.

The suit also says a separate paid sick time provision violates a constitutional provision that only a single subject can be addressed in constitutional amendment.

The lawsuit names the state of Arizona, but the group backing the initiative expects to defend it. The group’s attorney says both claims are without merit.

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