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The Tucson City Council is poised to sue the state of Arizona over a new state law that requires cities and towns to hold their local elections in the fall of even-numbered years.

Tucson holds its elections in the fall of odd-numbered years, and many metro-area smaller jurisdictions hold their local elections in the springtime.

The City Council voted Tuesday to challenge the law, or in other words, sue the state because of it.

Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said the challenge is necessary, "to protect the local autonomy of the city of Tucson in determining the manner and method of its elections."

In other business, the council decided to try to require one of the vendors for the Martin Luther King apartment building to cover repairs on floor tiles.

The tiles are defective and started coming up off the floor months after residents moved in to the building, which has been open since November 2010, says city attorney Mike Rankin.

So far, the city has been unsuccessful in getting the vendor to honor the tiles' warranty. The council gave Rankin permission to do whatever it takes, including a lawsuit, to get the tiles fixed.

The Martin Luther King apartment building is a 66-unit low-income apartment building in downtown Tucson.