Tucson to vote on sanctuary city law in November

Officials in Tucson have approved placing a "sanctuary city" measure on the ballot; video of meeting goes viral on Twitter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Officials in Tucson approved placing a "sanctuary city" measure on the ballot at a City Council meeting that later went viral on social media.

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to allow the initiative on the November ballot, which could potentially lead to Arizona's first ever "sanctuary city," KVOA-TV report ed.

The "sanctuary city" initiative is currently the subject of a lawsuit filed by the Pima County Republican Party in July. The suit is challenging individual signatures and whether paid signature gatherers filled out the forms correctly. It also argues the minimum number of necessary signatures was too low.

More than 12,400 signatures were certified by the Pima County Recorder's office. That is roughly 3,100 more than the minimum required to qualify for the ballot.

Others opposing the initiative include the three Democrats running to be Tucson's next mayor. The candidates said sanctuary status could create more problems such as the state Legislature eliminating millions of dollars in annual state-shared revenue as punishment.

There are no Republicans in the mayoral race.

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Information from: KVOA-TV, http://www.kvoa.com/