PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey contends the Tucson City Council violated state law and one of his executive orders when it directed employees to be vaccinated or lose their jobs.

In a letter Wednesday, Anni Foster, the governor’s legal counsel, does not dispute that a law barring cities from imposing vaccine mandates approved by legislators last year did not take effect. That’s because Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled the legislation containing the language had been illegally adopted.

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