- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Legislation bypassing concerns from nearby towns to the incorporation of a growing Pinal County area known as San Tan Valley is now short only Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature.

The Senate passed House Bill 2088 on a 28-1 vote Thursday. The House approved Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth’s proposal last week, and it now heads to Ducey’s desk for his signature or veto.

The bill removes a legal provision allowing an existing city or town within six miles of a proposed incorporation to block it. Farnsworth says opposition has kept the more than 100,000 residents in San Tan Valley from becoming a city.

Florence and Apache Junction and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns oppose the change. The League says the 6-mile rule keeps existing cities from being hemmed in.

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