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The Arizona senator who was trying to pass a law that would have made it illegal to record police from within 20 feet withdrew his bill after a national backlash that anybody could have predicted.

Anybody except John Kavanagh, the retired cop turned republican legislator who failed to do his research before proposing such a preposterous law.

Had he done his research, he would have learned that another republican senator tried to do the same thing in Texas last year, only to face the same backlash from both parties, forcing him to withdraw the bill within a month.

The lesson here is that the First Amendment is a bipartisan issue. Especially when it comes to police accountability and government transparency.

Kavanagh, who spent two decades as a cop in New York and New Jersey, was probably still accustomed to creating his own laws as he probably did back then.