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N4T Investigators: Are state legislators targeting Tucson?

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The bills may not have Tucson's name on them, but Tucson city councilman Steve Kozachik says the message is clear.

"The state legislature come at us with different bills session after session after session trying to eviscerate our ability to manage our local affairs," said Kozachik.

In all, Kozachik says there are 14 bills that could have a big affect on the Old Pueblo.

S.B. 1021 would regulate city issued I.D. cards.

H.B. 2495 spells out when and how cities can hold elections.

H.B. 2340 mandates how many police officers cities with a population of over 500,000 must have. A move city officials say could cost Tucson taxpayers as much as $46,000,000.

"These are big dollar items. It's not just the issues of governance and philosophy. There are fiscal issues here too," said Kozachik.

Many of the proposed bills deal with guns and gun rights.

Regulating everything from guns in public buildings to background checks at Tucson Convention Center.

And if the potential new rules aren't followed, Kozachik says that H.B. 2257 would again give the state power to take away as much as $155 million dollars worth of state funds.

"We are going to continue to fight off the state legislature whenever they come at us. These are unconstitutional impositions on the City of Tucson's ability to manage our finances and to govern this community," said Kozachik.

Below is a complete list of the bills elected officials believe could have a negative impact on Tucson.

H.B. 2011 - deals with secondary bonds

H.B. 2086 - deals with city I.D.s

H.B. 2097 - deals with compliance to federal laws

H.B. 2121 - deals with compliance on immigration bills

H.B. 2212 - deals with reporting for financial assistance

H.B. 2257 - deals with regulations for state funding

H.B. 2340 - mandates number of police officers for certain size cities

H.B. 2419 - regulates fees and when/how can be imposed

H.B. 2495 - deals with secondary elections

H.B. 2521 - seeks to pool construction money

S.B. 1021 - regulates local I.D.s

S.B. 1243 - deals with where citizens can carry guns

S.B. 1122 - deals with background checks and secure buildings

S.B. 1344 - deals with subcontractors and guns

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