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Updated Feb 28, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Senate wants voters to OK rejecting federal acts

PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a resolution
that will ask voters to approve rejecting federal actions they consider
unconstitutional.

Majority Republicans called Thursday’s party-line vote an important message to
send to Washington.

If given final Senate approval and also adopted by the House, voters would see
the referendum on the next general election ballot.

Democrats in the Senate called Thursday’s effort clearly unconstitutional and
said adopting such a resolution will ensure Arizona’s reputation as a state seen
by many as a laughingstock.

Republicans argue that voters deserve the right to tell the federal government
they reject unconstitutional efforts.

Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo noted Arizona voters rejected an effort to take
over federal lands by a wide margin in November.

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