Two Mississippi Lawmakers Want To Nullify Federal Laws

JACKSON, Miss. (January 25, 2013)--Mississippi defied the union during the Civil War and Civil Rights era and now two lawmakers want the state to block some current and future federal laws.

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

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

A House chairman says the bill could be debated, but Mississippi College constitutional law professor Matt Steffey said the effort is a waste of time because federal law always trumps state law.

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

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