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Arizona Senate bills barring federal law efforts stall

PHOENIX — Arizona Senate bills requiring federal agents to register with a
local sheriff and barring federal officials from making arrests without the
sheriff’s permission have stalled over constitutional concerns.

Senate President Andy Biggs held the bills in the Rules Committee Monday after
the committee’s attorney said they likely ran afoul of the supremacy clause of
the U.S. Constitution.

Senate Bill 1093 by Republican Sen. Chester Crandell of Heber required federal
agents to register with the local sheriff, show a warrant and hand over any
fines they collect.

Senate Bill 1290 by Sen. Judy Burges of Sun City West said the sheriff is the
senior law enforcement officer in a county and allowed that person to refuse to
give federal agents permission to makes arrests or searches.

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