Arizona Bill Would Let State Nullify Federal Laws At Will
The same legislator responsible for SB1070 (the controversial immigration law) is now hanging with the Tenthers, proposing a law that would give the state the abilility to nullify any federal law or regulation it doesn’t like.
Republican lawmakers in Arizona — including State Senate President Russell Pearce (R), who sponsored the state’s controversial immigration law — have introduced a bill that sets up a way for the state to ignore federal laws it doesn’t like.
The bill, SB1433, would establish a 12 person legislative committee that could “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.” The committee would be made up of six members of the State House and six members of the State Senate, with no more than four from each chamber coming from a single party. After the committee made a recommendation, the state legislature would then have 60 days to vote on whether to nullify the federal law.
But that’s not all, the bill would also allow the committee to review “all existing federal statutes, mandates and Executive orders for the purpose of determining their constitutionality.”
If you ask me, the only thing that should be nullified is Sen. Pearce’s shirt:
Is he suffering from Tenther or Disco Inferno?