Mississippi bill would nullify federal laws

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JACKSON, Miss. –  Mississippi defied the  union during the Civil War and civil rights era, and at least two lawmakers  think it is time to do so again.

Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith, both of Columbus, filed a  bill this month to form the Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of  Federal Laws.

Chism said Thursday that the tea party-backed measure is a response to  President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul and proposals to curb gun  violence.

“Certainly, the Obamacare started this,” Chism told The Associated Press,  referring to the health care plan, “but then gun show loopholes that the  president wanted after Newtown really put an exclamation on that — that we need  to do something to stand up for the Tenth Amendment.”

The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says powers not specifically  reserved for the federal government are reserved for the states.

House Constitution Committee Chairman Scott DeLano, R-Biloxi, said the bill  has a good chance of being debated and that he has heard from other lawmakers  who support it.

But Mississippi College constitutional law professor Matt Steffey said the  measure is a waste of time because federal law trumps state law when the two are  in conflict.

“It is hard to imagine a less productive use of time by key legislative  officials than to pursue that which they have no power to pursue,” Steffey  said.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant last week asked legislators to block enforcement  of “any unconstitutional order” from Obama regarding guns.

Mississippi has resisted federal laws as far back as the Civil War and during  the civil rights era. During the 1950s and ’60s, a state agency called the  Sovereignty Commission spied on people believed to be sympathetic to racial  equality. The agency was dismantled in the late 1970s.

Some critics compare the proposal by Chism and Smith to an attempt to  rekindle the Sovereignty Commission.

“It’s absolutely the most horrendous idea that has ever come before this  august body,” said Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville. “It’s awful. It is  wrongheaded. It is anti-New Testament. It is political fodder for the right and  borderline stupid.”

Rep. Kelvin Buck, D-Holly Springs, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus,  said he sees the bill as part of a trend of defiance toward federal authority.  “I think much of it is because we have an African-American president,” Buck  said.

“I think it is outrageous,” Buck said. “In my view, it is taking us back to  the pre-civil rights era.”

Chism said the bill is not an attempt to roll back civil rights advances. He  also said it is not an attempt to revive the Sovereignty Commission.

“That was an ugly past,” he said. “It ain’t got nothing to do with that.”

Smith did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

The Central Mississippi Tea Party said in a news release in December that it  wants state lawmakers this year to “re-establish limited federal involvement in  Mississippi.”

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/24/mississippi-bill-seeks-to-nullify-federal-laws/#ixzz2JJdMcgLm

2 thoughts on “Mississippi bill would nullify federal laws

  1. I’m all for secession with this egregiously illegal and fraudulent “President” purposely destroying my beloved country.

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