newantt (newantt) wrote in ontd_political,

Arizona legislature still on the crazy train

Arizona to Secede? New Bill Makes it Seem that Way
by Wendy Rose Gould – Thu Feb 3, 12:56 pm ET

-- Arizona lawmakers have just released a new bill, referred to as SB1433, that would allow it to essentially secede from the country without officially doing so.

How? By creating a 12-person committee that allows its members to vote by majority for or against federal, or national, law. While not officially removed from the nation and any of its mandates, the freedom allowed with the bill will give the state more leeway in what rulings are actually accepted within its borders.

According to the bill itself, found here, the committee could "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."

Once nullified by the committee members, the bill would be passed to the full legislature who could approve the committee's ruling. The bill states that Arizona and its residents "shall not recognize or be obligated to live under the statue, mandate, or executive order."

In addition to voting on upcoming legislation, the committee could vote retroactively on all previous federal laws and mandates.
The bill is sponsored by Klein, Allen, Burges, Harper, Pearce and Montenegro.

What do you think about the bill? In a democratic system like the American one, should states have the ability to make and follow their own rules and ignore government-issued laws if they deem them unfit? Or does that go against the idea of the United States of America?

PDF of SB1433
Tags: arizona, constitution

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