- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has passed a bill barring cities and towns from levying a fee on pawnbroker transactions that some cities use to fund special police teams that look for stolen goods.

House Bill 2566 by House Speaker David Gowan would bar the $3.50 fee that the city of Phoenix levies on each pawned item. Other cities in metro Phoenix also have such fees.

Republican Rep. Warren Peterson of Gilbert argued that all citizens deserve to receive police services without having to pay a fee. But Democratic Rep. Debbie McCune Davis of Phoenix said during Wednesday’s debate that it will make it easier for thieves to profit from stolen property and police and retailers are opposed.

The bill on a 31-28 vote, sending it to the Senate.

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