- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has set two days of hearings on a challenge to a voter initiative that would cap the amount of pay hospital executives could earn.

Maricopa County Superior Court judge Douglas Gerlach on Thursday set hearings for Aug. 10 and 16.

Opponents of the measure backed by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West argue that there were problems with petition sheets, signature gatherers and the political committee filings by the union.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce wants the initiative capping the pay of hospital executives at $450,000 a year barred from the November ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office is still reviewing signature sheets to see if it qualifies for the ballot.

An SEIU spokesman has called the legal challenge “frivolous.”

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