PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is giving up direct control over litigation related to the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement law and its decision not to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants granted deferred deportation under a 2012 policy created by President Barack Obama.
Those cases will now be handled by Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office.
Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said Friday that the decision grew out of the governor’s belief that his office needed to reduce its role in litigation. He says the proper place under the state Constitution is the attorney general’s office.
Former Republican Gov. Jan Brewer took control of lawsuits challenging SB1070 shortly after it passed. Lawyers working at her direction defended that case and the driver’s license case.
Democrat Terry Goddard was attorney general when SB1070 was enacted.