- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Senate has rejected a measure that would allow the state to vote on bills blocking authorities from enforcing or financing any federal action not affirmed by Congress.

Democratic Sen. Andrew Sherwood opposed the measure saying the state does not have the authority to call federal policy unconstitutional.

Republican Sen. Steve Smith countered that states give the federal government its authority and therefore should be able to question rules not enacted by congress.

Rep. Bob Thorpe sponsored the measure that would let the Legislature pass bills to prevent state agencies, cities and counties from cooperating with rules and regulations proposed by federal agencies or executive orders.

The Senate failed to pass House Bill 2201 on a 15-14 vote Tuesday afternoon. The bill could come back under rules for reconsideration.

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