(AZSTARNET) — Fearing international intrusion into Arizona’s affairs, the Senate voted Wednesday to make it illegal for state and local governments to recognize the United Nations or any of its declarations as legal authority here.

While some lawmakers have always been suspicious of the U.N., the focus of this measure is that organization’s Rio Declaration, adopted in 1992, which deals with issues of environment and development. Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, said the key to her SB 1403 is ensuring that decisions and policies adopted by the international body that are contrary to federal and state law are not adopted here.

“The only thing that would be prohibited under my bill is if it’s unconstitutional,” she said.

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