Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich forcefully responded to the Department of Education (DOE) Tuesday, telling Secretary Miguel Cardona he won’t “tolerate” any federal overreach through the administration’s masking investigation.
His letter came after DOE announced it would investigate Arizona’s and other states’ prohibitions on masking requirements, arguing that they may discriminate against people with disabilities. Although the department didn’t list Arizona as under investigation, DOE said it was monitoring the state and was “prepared to take action” on places where prohibitions weren’t being enforced.
Last month, a judge ruled that Arizona’s prohibition wouldn’t take effect until Sept. 29.
“[M]y office will not tolerate any effort from the federal government to undermine or interfere with Arizona’s sovereignty,” said Brnovich. “We stand ready to defend against any overreach.”
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