State Senator Wendy Rogers (R) announced on Wednesday that the Arizona state senate passed a bill to build a border wall on state lands in the Grand Canyon State.
Arizona Senate Bill SB1032, introduced by Rogers, passed 16-12, which will appropriate $700 million “from the state general fund in fiscal year 2022-2023 to the border security fund … to administer and manage the construction and maintenance of a physical border fence”, according to the bill.
“My bill to build the wall on state lands in Arizona passed the Arizona Senate. Amazing courage to all of the AYES. Thank you all. #BuildTheWall”, Senator Rogers tweeted.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) February 23, 2022
According to a fact sheet for S.B. 1032:
The Fund consists of legislative appropriations, gifts, grants and other donations and is administered by the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. Fund monies may be used on: 1) preventing human trafficking; 2) preventing entry into the United States of illegal aliens, terrorists, instruments of terrorism, contraband, narcotics and controlled substances; 3) planning, designing, constructing and maintaining transportation, technology and commercial vehicle inspection infrastructure near the international border;
4) clearing nonindigenous plants; 5) administering and managing the construction and maintenance of a physical border fence; 6) awarding grants to counties to provide housing in secure facilities; and 7) awarding grants to counties for prosecuting individuals that commit any of the outlined crimes (A.R.S. § 26-105).
SB 1032 will now go to the Arizona House for a vote, and if passed, then to Governor Doug Duecy’s desk.
When reached for comment by The Freedom Times regarding the Bill, a spokesperson for Governor Ducey’s office replied, “He doesn’t comment on pending legislation until passed” — [on his desk].
Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) praised the Arizona state senate Republicans for passing the Bill, saying, “Great job … The number one job of government is to keep people safe.”
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) February 23, 2022