- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has passed a measure that blocks state and local authorities from enforcing or financing any federal action not affirmed by Congress.

Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff sponsored the bill that would prevent state agencies, cities and counties from cooperating with rules and regulations proposed by federal agencies or executive orders.

Thorpe says he wants Arizona to have the option to nullify rules and laws that are not affirmed by Congress or are unconstitutional. A similar measure failed in the Senate last year.

Arizona Republicans annually push legislation to try and limit what they call federal overreach. Last year conservative lawmakers attempted to take control of the state’s federal lands.

The House passed House Bill 2201 on a 31-27 Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

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