The sponsor of an Arizona-style immigration law in the Utah House is delaying a hearing on the bill because of the high price tag for enforcement.
House Bill 70 was due for a committee hearing Wednesday afternoon. But it was removed from the agenda Wednesday morning.
Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom of Orem says in a statement the cost estimates for local law enforcement aren't accurate.
A fiscal note attached to the bill says the program would cost local government between $5 million and $11 million.
Sandstrom says the fiscal note doesn't account for savings generated by reducing the number of illegal immigrants.
He says it also doesn't consider how much money is being spent by local governments on crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
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