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State Representatives request investigation of Yuma County’s approval of broadband project

Lawmakers can ask the Arizona Attorney General to investigate and report whether the ordinance violates state law. After submission, the AG's Office will issue her conclusion report within 30 days.

PHOENIX (KYMA, KECY) – Rep. Lauryn Hendricks (R-Ariz.) and five other members of the U.S. House of Representatives are calling on Arizona Attorney General Chris Mays to close a taxpayer-funded public works project in Yuma County. We are requesting an investigation.

In a press release, members of Congress explained that they are asking the Attorney General to conduct an SB1487 investigation into the project.

It also said it could involve violations of state law and the Arizona Constitution's Gifts Clause.

It involves favoritism and abuse through fundamentally flawed and potentially illegal procurement processes.

The letter was sent to the attorney general on Monday.

According to a press release, the letter alleges that millions in federal coronavirus relief funds that were supposed to provide broadband to underserved areas of Yuma County were given to unlicensed out-of-state contractors. He pointed out that there was.

“[W]We cannot ignore Yuma County's clear disregard for Arizona law and the lack of oversight and accountability surrounding this important project.” said the lawmakers.

click here to read a letter sent by members of the House of Representatives to the Attorney General.

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