State lawmakers are setting the stage to force counties of at least 150,000 residents to have an election to decide whether to have a five-member board of supervisors.
Current law requires a five-member board once county population reaches 175,000, and those of at least 100,000 can select to go to five members.
This measure approved by the House on a 36-24 vote forces an election once that 150,000 threshold is met. The most likely candidates down the road are Cochise and Coconino counties.
A similar version of SB 1483 already has been approved by the Senate.