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Arizona lawmakers consider law to ignore feds

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are gearing up for another fight with
Washington.

A Senate committee advanced a proposed state constitutional amendment Wednesday
that would allow Arizona voters to reject any federal action they consider
unconstitutional under federal law.

If the bill went to a statewide vote and was approved, Arizonians could then
vote to direct the state government to ignore specific federal actions.

Republican Sen. Chester Crandell says voters are concerned about federal
encroachment on state authority.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says members of at least 47 state
legislatures proposed legislation to limit or oppose selected state or federal
actions after the passage of the 2010 federal health care law championed by
President Barack Obama.

Arizona lawmakers have also recently tussled with Washington over federal
immigration laws.

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