PHOENIX (AP) – A House panel has passed a bill that would block the state from helping resettle refugees if it can’t ensure they have been properly screened and vetted for terrorism risks.
House Bill 2370 by Rep. Bob Thorpe also would require the federal government’s refugee resettlement program to reimburse the state for any costs it incurs.
Another bill by Republican House Speaker David Gowan requires an audit of the refugee resettlement program and state costs. Gowan says House Bill 2691 was prompted by safety concerns.
The House committee on federalism passed the measures on a 5-3 vote Wednesday. The measures now undergo a standard review before going to a House vote.
Gov. Doug Ducey called for a pause in refugee resettlement in Arizona but conceded he can’t stop the federal program.
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