Arizona: House committee approves 5-1 plan to ban state courts from enforcing federal court decisions unless Congress or the state legislature allows it

An Arizona plan to prohibit state courts from enforcing federal court decisions cleared the House Federalism and States’ Rights committee earlier today.

HB 2201 prohibits “commandeering” of state and local “personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any action of the United States government that constitutes commandeering.” It then defines “action of the United States government” to include “a ruling issued by a court of the United States.” State courts would and could be allowed to enforce federal court rulings if a) the legislature enacted and the governor signed a law to allow it and/or b) the federal court decision is “affirmed by a vote of the Congress of the United States and signed into law.”

HB 2201 now goes to the House Rules Committee.