Politics

Arizona Passes Two Bills Aimed At Blocking Federal Laws

House Bill 2368, introduced by Republican Representative Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff, Arizona, was passed this Wednesday by the Arizona House. House Bill 2368 seeks to bar the state of Arizona from funding any executive orders issued by President Obama, or policy directives issued by the Department of Justice.

According to the Arizona State Legislature website, the bill includes the following provisions:

"1. Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with an executive order issued by the President of the U.S. that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.

2. Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with a policy directive issued by the U.S. DOJ to law enforcement agencies in this state that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution."

If the bill becomes a law, Arizona would essentially be independent of federal laws.

Republican Representative Justin Olson of Mesa, Arizona, introduced a similar bill, House Bill 2643, which seeks to stop state and local governments from using financial resources to enforce and implement the Affordable Care Act, as reported by KVOA News. House Bill 2643 was also passed by the Arizona House and will move to the Senate.

Sources: the Arizona State Legislature website, The RepublicKVOA News

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