House panel passes bill to nullify national defense laws

House panel passes bill to nullify national defense laws

PHOENIX (AP) – Republican lawmakers have passed a bill to try and stop the government from indefinitely detaining or executing Arizona citizens without due process.

Sen. Judy Burges of Sun City West says she’s standing up for people across the country by attempting to limit what is allowed under U.S. wartime law.

But constitutional law professor Paul Bender says the measure violates the Constitution’s supremacy clause. He says the state cannot stop the federal government from operating in Arizona.

Senate Bill 1437 would prevent federal, state and local authorities from arresting, capturing or executing citizens under the National Defense Authorization Act or the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

The Senate federalism committee passed the measure 4-2 Tuesday. It now undergoes a standard constitutional review before going to a Senate vote.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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