AZ: citing state’s “sovereign authority”, bill to prohibit state courts from enforcing federal courts rulings clears Senate committee; House approved 31-27

A bill that would prohibit Arizona state courts from enforcing federal court orders that previously cleared the House 31-27 has now cleared the Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility committee on a 4-3 vote.

HB 2201 as previously discussed here and here 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 Senate Rules Committee before being sent on to the full Senate.