PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a resolution that will ask voters to approve rejecting federal actions they consider unconstitutional.
Majority Republicans called Thursday's party-line vote an important message to send to Washington.
If given final Senate approval and also adopted by the House, voters would see the referendum on the next general election ballot.
Democrats in the Senate called Thursday's effort clearly unconstitutional and said adopting such a resolution will ensure Arizona's reputation as a state seen by many as a laughingstock.
Republicans argue that voters deserve the right to tell the federal government they reject unconstitutional efforts.
Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo noted Arizona voters rejected an effort to take over federal lands by a wide margin in November.