Arizona: citing state’s “sovereign authority” House approves ban on state courts from being “commandeered” into enforcing federal court rulings

The Arizona House yesterday approved on a 38-22 vote HB 2097 which could result in state court judges being directed by the legislature not to enforce federal court rulings including those of the U.S. Supreme Court.

HB 2097 of 2017 provides that “the sovereign authority” of Arizona allows the legislature to call a halt to any “commandeering” “action” by the federal government. “Action” includes “A ruling issued by a court of the United States.” Moreover, the ruling by the courts of the United States would only be allowed to be enforced if “affirmed by a vote of the Congress of the United States and signed into law as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States” or via a bill passed and enacted by the state’s legislature & governor.

HB 2097 now goes to the Senate which narrowly defeated the same measure last year (discussed here).