Arizona Still Confused About Federalism
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the efforts going on in Arizona to secede from the Union. This latest attempt comes in the form of a revived nullification law that is designed to overrule any federal law the state believes is outside the scope of Congress’ Article I powers.
As reported in Talking Points Memo, Senate Bill 1443 would create a 12-person “Joint Legislative Committee on Nullification of Federal Laws” which would “recommend, propose and call for a vote by simple majority to nullify in its entirety a specific federal law or regulation that is outside the scope of the powers delegated by the People to the federal government in the United States Constitution.”
Of course, this is what federal courts are for. But be that as it may. The bill was introduced by State Senate Russell Pearce (R) who was also the sponsor of the state’s immigration law and has made it clear that a working knowledge of federalism is not one of his strong suits. “If we don’t take back our sovereign ability for the states to control the federal government, I guess we have no right to complain,” he said to the Arizona Republic.
The Arizona bill now goes to the House for a vote and, if it passes, Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to sign it.
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