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Arizona, Montana Bills Would Protect Local Control Over Law Enforcement


Legislation has been introduced in Arizona and Montana that would protect local control over law enforcement and prevent attempts to strengthen federal control over it.

Arizona’s Bill

In Arizona, House Bill 2309 (H.B. 2309) was sponsored by Representative Rachel Jones (R-Tucson) and eight other representatives. If enacted, it would prohibit state and local agencies from complying with federal law-enforcement edicts that contradict state law.

H.B. 2309 declares:

Pursuant to the sovereign authority of this state and Article II, Section 3, Constitution of Arizona, this state and all political subdivisions of this state are prohibited from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the United States government that is inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the authority of state and local law enforcement agencies.

On Tuesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed H.B. 2309 by a party-line 31-28 vote. The bill has been sent to the Senate, where two committees have already approved it.




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