- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a bill in Arizona that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The Arizona House has rejected a bill that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally.

Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa sponsored the measure that was defeated Wednesday and essentially would make it impossible for immigrants in the country illegally to receive any leniency in the courts when they commit serious crimes.

Senate Bill 1377 would require people who break immigration laws and are found guilty of felonies to serve at lease the presumptive terms without the possibility for probation or release.

The House failed to pass the proposal on a 32-28 vote.

Republicans in support say the bill would help protect American citizens. Opponents say the proposal creates two separate justice systems.

It could still come back under rules that allow reconsideration of bills.

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3:15 p.m.

The House has rejected a bill that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally.

Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa sponsored the measure that essentially makes it impossible for immigrants in the country illegally to receive any leniency in the courts when they commit serious crimes.

Senate Bill 1377 would require people who break immigration laws and are found guilty of felonies to serve at lease the presumptive terms without the possibility for probation or release until the sentence is served.

The House failed to adopt the proposal on a 32-28 vote on Wednesday.

Republicans in support say the bill would help protect American citizens. Opponents say the proposal creates two separate justice systems.

It could still come back under rules that allow reconsideration of bills.

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