One senator wants Arizona-style immigration law

One state lawmaker could divert attention from a massive budget gap _ at least temporarily _ when he introduces an Arizona-style immigration measure.

State Sen. Charlie Janssen, of Fremont, says he plans to introduce the bill early in the session, which begins next Wednesday. Arizona's law requires police officers, when enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

Critics say the law encourages racial profiling, but supporters say the federal government's lack of attention to illegal immigration is forcing states to take action. A federal judge blocked sections of the law in July.