Republican leaders in the Arizona Legislature want taxpayers to pay for a legal fight against subpoenas seeking emails from nearly two dozen current and former lawmakers in a case stemming from a challenge to Arizona's anti-immigration law, SB1070.
Senate President Andy Biggs says the subpoenas targeting Legislative, personal and campaign correspondence from 21 House and Senate members are a fishing expedition by the American Civil Liberties Union designed to harass members who supported the Legislation in 2010.
Biggs said Tuesday leaders want to authorize $100,000 to pay private lawyers fighting the subpoenas. The proposed legislation was first reported by the Arizona Capitol Times.
The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated major parts of SB1070 in 2012. The subpoenas stem from the ALCU's continuing efforts to get what remains of SB1070 declared invalid.
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