- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has passed a bill allowing Arizona cities and towns to regulate sober living homes.

Sober living homes are the final step to recovery for many former drug addicts who are looking for a structured place to live after leaving places such as in-patient care, correctional facilities and hospitals.

The measure by Republican Rep. Noel Campbell of Prescott allows local authorities to adopt policies registering sober living homes and requiring them to meet minimum standards.

Those include on-hours supervision and a plan to help rehabilitate and discharge people living at the home.

Campbell says the bill helps regulate a growing industry. Opponents say it violates privacy rights and creates regulatory burdens.

House Bill 2107 passed on a 42-12 vote Friday. It now heads to the governor’s desk.

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