- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Republican-controlled House panel has passed legislation that would hold refugee resettlement agencies liable for damages or injuries caused by refugees who commit criminal acts in the state.

It is the third refugee resettlement proposal to move through the Legislature this session.

Republicans say they don’t trust the federal government to properly vet incoming refugees. Democrats say the measure violates Constitutional provisions that require equal protections under law.

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1452 on a 4-2 vote Wednesday.

House Bill 2691 requires an audit of the refugee resettlement program and state costs. It passed the House and is now in the Senate.

A third bill that would allow the state to refuse to help resettle refugees under certain conditions has stalled in the House.

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