Ariz. Wants to Join State Challenge to Fed Rule

Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011 10:35 AM

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Arizona lawmakers want to band together with other states to challenge the federal government’s authority on health care, immigration and gun control, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

Lawmakers are exploring the possibility of creating interstate compacts, which would have the power to supersede federal laws, if Congress approves the agreements. The move is part of a larger effort in the Arizona Capitol to advocate for state’s rights.

So far during this year’s legislative session, Republican lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills that propose to create compacts. Among them are efforts to build a border fence, to regulate endangered species without federal oversight and to set up a health care plan. Most of the bills are working their way through the lawmaking process.

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Snowflake Republican and chairwoman of the Senate's Border Security, Federalism and States Sovereignty Committee, is the primary sponsor or co-sponsor on several of the compact efforts.

arizona, states, rights, challengeThe proper balance" needs to be restored between the states and the federal government,” she told the newspaper. "The states aren't able to do anything anymore. We aren't able to do the things we need to do for our citizens."

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