PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man who won a federal court ruling finding Arizona distributed more than $344 million to schools since 2016 without Congressional approval won't ask for the money to be repaid because Congress finally approved the payouts last month.
But an attorney for Michael Pierce says that approval doesn't cover a voter-approved change to state land trust distributions starting in 2012 and that the state may owe $300 million to schools.
Attorney Andy Jacob says he plans to ask U.S. District Judge Neil Wake Monday to order the state Treasurer to formally account for extra moneys schools would have received from 2012 through 2016 under Proposition 118. He says last month's Congressional vote approving Proposition 123 didn't cover the earlier measure.
This story has been corrected to show the 2012 measure was Proposition 118, not Proposition 108.
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