- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature has approved a bill blocking state funding for enforcement of the Affordable Care Act.

The bill by Mesa Republican Rep. Justin Olson is designed to stop state and local governments from using financial resources to enforce and implement the law.

Olson says House Bill 2643 would not affect those enrolled in the program, but it is designed to prevent future legislation that would establish a state exchange.

Olson amended the bill to exempt public health programs authorized by the law and to allow state and local governments to use resources to provide employee health insurance benefits.

Opponents say the bill violates the Constitution and will result in lawsuits that will cost state taxpayer dollars.

The House and the Senate approved the measure Thursday.

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