Saturday, February 5, 2011

Arizonia Senate Bill Proposes Secession

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The Arizona Senate appears to be following in the footsteps of the Idaho and Texas legislatures which are considering bills that would nullify federal laws they believe overstep states' rights. Three Arizona senators and three members of the Arizona House of Representatives introduced a bill in the Senate Monday that would create a 14-member joint legislative committee to determine if the state should follow a federal law it believes is unconstitutional.

According to Senate Bill 1433, the committee would meet, review and make a recommendation by a simple majority vote whether 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." It would have 30 days from the time it received the federal legislation to make its recommendation.

The committee may also "review all existing federal statutes, mandates and executive orders for the purpose of determining their constitutionality" and recommend nullification.

The Daily KOS sums up the proposed legislation:
"No doubt Pearce (President of AZ Senate) would argue that he's not really proposing secession, but nullification is at best secession by another name. The U.S. Constitution makes federal law the supreme law of the land. As long as the law is constitutional, it applies to everybody, like it or not. So when a state says it doesn't have to follow federal law, it isn't just rejecting federal law, it's also rejecting the U.S. Constitution. That's secession, plain and simple. It's what the civil war was all about. Apparently Peace believes the wrong side won."
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