Border-militia bill requests $1.9M for Ariz. patrols
The Republican-led Arizona Legislature is considering a bill to fund an armed, volunteer state militia to respond to emergencies and patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gov. Jan Brewer could deploy the volunteers using $1.9 million included in the bill, making its way through the state Senate. The militia itself was created by a law signed by Brewer last year.
The bill has a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senate Bill 1083 already has passed one committee along mostly party lines. It would provide $500,000 in one-time funding and $1.4 million a year from a gang task force fund.