Tennessee lawmakers hail Arizona immigration law

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A delegation of Republican legislators from Tennessee visited their Arizona counterparts Friday, hailing Arizona's immigration law and saying they plan a version of their own.

The Tennessee lawmakers meet with backers of the Arizona law before presenting its chief sponsor, Sen. Russell Pearce, with a Tennessee resolution commending Arizona for its work.

Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro says the Tennessee version being drafted for consideration in 2011 will use the Arizona law as a starting point but be broader. He didn't provide specifics.

Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas says work on the Tennessee legislation won't be paused because of a federal judge's order Wednesday blocking implementation of parts of it one day before the rest took effect.