AZ Senate panel passes birthright citizenship law

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona Senate committee approved a bill late Tuesday designed to set up a Supreme Court case on automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

The bill and a companion law setting up a birth certificate compact between states that agree to note that at least one of the child's parents were citizens passed on a 8-5 vote.

The Appropriations Committee was planning to debate a much more sweeping immigration bill that that targets illegal immigrants in housing, public benefits and the workplace late into the evening.

The bill was introduced by a Republican lawmaker and the vote on the citizenship bill broke along Democratic-Republican lines, with only one Republican opposing it. It now goes to the full Senate for debate.