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Arizona high court rules state must pay school challenge lawyers

PHOENIX -- Arizona must pay the fees of lawyers for school districts who successfully challenged the Legislature's decision to stop providing an annual increase in school funding.

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the state to pay the law firm of LaSota and Peters more than $132,000 and Timothy Hogan of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest more than $6,400 for their work on the case.

The high court ruled in September that lawmakers violated the Voter Protection Act by stopping the annual inflation boost to school funding starting in 2010. Voters passed a proposition in 2000 requiring the increases.

It was included in the 2013-2014 budget that began July 1.

A trial court must now determine if the cash the Legislature is providing meets the law's requirements.

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