Puente v. Arizona State LegislatureAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court held that the political question doctrine prohibits courts from adjudicating complaints that legislative committees held meetings in violation of Arizona's Open Meeting Law (OML). See Ariz. Rev. Stat. 38-431(6), -431.01(A).
Plaintiffs filed a complaint against the Arizona Legislature alleging that twenty-six Republican legislators were threatening to violate the OML by attending a summit hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council that was closed to the general public. The superior court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim, concluding that whether the Legislature complied with the OML was a nonjusticiable political question. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the question of whether the Legislature violated the OML was nonjusticiable.