Arizona lawmakers to consider immigration bills

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 17 at 9:00 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate plans Thursday to consider illegal immigration bills on citizenship, health care, public services and everyday activities ranging from hiring to driving.

Senate President Russell Pearce says the chamber will both debate and vote on the measures.

The action would come a day after dozens of Arizona business leaders asked lawmakers to step back from the controversial issue.

Arizona last year enacted a sweeping law on local law enforcement of immigration laws, generating protests and legal challenges that resulted in key provisions being put on hold by a federal judge.

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