- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally has been rejected by the House for a second time in two days.

The House failed to adopt the proposal on a 31-29 vote Thursday after lawmakers reconsidered the bill under House rules.

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.

It is possible lawmakers could maneuver to revive the proposal in another form.

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