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Arizona House passes bill to fight federal actions

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The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill that would prohibit state officials from recognizing unconstitutional federal actions if voters approved a proposed change to the state constitution.

The House passed the bill in a 36-23 vote on Tuesday. It now goes back to the Senate for final approval.

The bill would put the proposed state constitution overhaul before voters.  The change would prohibit local officials from using resources to enforce or cooperate with federal laws that are inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.

The proposed law concedes that the U.S. Constitution trumps local law, so it's unclear how the state could legally ignore federal mandates without risking legal action from the federal government.

The Senate passed SCR1016 in March.

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