SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill aimed at disbanding a police department that serves the Utah-Arizona border towns dominated by followers of polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs has failed in the Utah Legislature.
Sen. Curt Bramble of Provo says he proposed the legislation at the request of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
The bill failed last week.
Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General Kirk Torgensen tells The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/xjxWR3) it could have "unintended consequences" on small police departments. Torgensen says language will be tweaked. It will likely be reintroduced next year.
Similar legislation has passed the Arizona Senate. It targets the six-member Colorado City Town Marshal's Office, which polices Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. Authorities allege police there put loyalty to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ahead of the law.