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Arizona Legislature passes multi-pronged immigration bill

In the final moments before passing a sweeping immigration overhaul, Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from Mesa, made some predictions about his bill, S1070. "We'll have less crime. We'll have lower taxes. We'll have safer neighborhoods. We'll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We'll have smaller classrooms," the Mesa Republican said on the Senate floor on April 19.

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83 bills signed so far, three vetoed

Gov. Jan Brewer on April 16 signed 25 bills, including legislation allowing most Arizonans to carry concealed weapons without permits, and a bill creating a one-year pilot program for the Department of Public Safety to use motion-detecting seismic sensors in rural areas where illegal immigration and cross-border drug trafficking are prevalent.

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