Arizona: Senate set to vote on plan to prohibit state courts from enforcing federal court rulings unless rulings approved by Congress; House already approved plan

Last Thursday the Arizona Senate Committee of the Whole advanced its version of HB 2201, a bill that would prohibit state courts and other state entities from enforcing federal “actions”, including federal court rulings, as “commandeering” state officials.

As previously noted, the “anti-commandeering” law would allow the legislature to order state and local officials not to “enforce, administer, or cooperate with any action of the United States government that constitutes commandeering.” The definition of “action” includes “A ruling issued by a court of the United States.” Commandeering is defined as an action that either

(a) Is not in pursuance of the Constitution of the United States and has not been affirmed by a vote of the Congress of the United States and signed into law as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States.

(b)  Exceeds the powers of the Congress of the United States enumerated in the Constitution of the United States