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Arizona high court considers appeal on college board

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court is considering the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling that two at-large seats for the Maricopa County Community College District's governing board shouldn't appear on the November general election ballot.

The state Court of Appeals ruled July 23 that a 2010 state law adding the two at-large seats violates the Arizona Constitution's prohibition against so-called local laws because the 2010 law applied only to Maricopa County.

The justices agreed Wednesday to consider the state's appeal of that ruling, and the Arizona Capitol Times reported that election officials have said they need a decision by Sept. 5 to complete the November general election ballot.

Officeholders, education officials and activists filed the lawsuit challenging the law.

The district's board already has five members elected by districts.

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