SALT LAKE CITY -- The federal government is asking a judge to strike down a Utah law that prohibits federal officers from enforcing ordinary state and local laws.
U.S. Attorney David Barlow says Utah has no authority over federal law enforcement officers. His complaint comes a day before the Utah law takes effect Tuesday.
The measure from Kanab Republican Rep. Michael Noel says law enforcement officers with agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management cannot enforce local laws unless there's an emergency.
(backslash)Noel says federal officials are pulling over drivers for things like speeding. He calls it a violation of Utah's sovereignty.
Utah's law makes it a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for a federal officer to enforce any state or local laws.