The Republican-controlled state legislature in Montana has passed several proposed bills this year that would nullify federal laws in the state. Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, is crying foul, the Billings Gazette reported Tuesday.
The governor said Monday that bills to “nullify” federal laws are “anti-American” and do not solve the state’s problems.
|Gov. Brian Schweitzer
Schweitzer added that if Montanans disagree with federal laws, they should lobby Congress to change them.
“But a state like Montana saying 'We will pick and choose which laws we will enforce'? That's not the American way,” the governor said, according to the newspaper.
During its 2011 legislative session, about a dozen bills have been introduced to declare federal laws “null and void” or unenforceable.
On Saturday, the state House voted to do away with the Endangered Species Act in the state.
Other proposed legislation target health-reform laws, food safety regulations, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority.
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