States are increasingly and aggressively telling Washington to keep its legislative mitts off their rights when it comes to gun control, healthcare and even drivers license requirements, by passing laws aimed at overriding actions by the administration and Congress.
The trend to nullify federal laws flowing out of Washington has taken hold in 37 states where bills have been introduced. At least 20 have passed laws since 2010 to challenge Obamacare, Politico reports.
Half the states surveyed by the news organization have also approved laws to override sections of a national identification law, while others are trying to pre-empt the passage of new federal laws on gun rights by declaring independence from any new rules.
"Rosa Parks is the beacon of light: If you say no to something, you can change the world," Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, told Politico.
"Isn’t that what it’s supposed to be, ‘We, the people’?" Boldin added. "Over the past few years, you’ve seen this growing . . . people are getting sick and tired of federal power."
But critics warn such actions might not stand up in court and are instead designed as political messages to voice displeasure with President Barack Obama.
In some cases, the Obama administration is responding with new threats. Attorney General Eric Holder has already threatened legal action against Kansas for new law that bans federal enforcement of gun laws on weapons made in the state, according to the Huffington Post.
"The federal government doesn’t have the authority to do a lot of what it’s trying to do these days, from regulating guns within state borders, as my bill deals with, or telling us what kinds of light bulbs to put in our lamps," Kansas state Rep. John Rubin, a Republican, told Politico.
"We have the Obama administration to thank for that," Rubin said.
"The more federal overreach in Obamacare and elsewhere, the more [the administration] chooses to act in ways we believe are unconstitutional, the more we’re going to push back," Rubin said.
"I would encourage any state to assert to the strongest possible extent against the Obama administration, or any federal administration, rights clearly reserved to the states," Rubin added.
However, in states like Montana and Ohio, where Republicans are refusing to approve certain Obamacare requirements, Democrats have put some issues to ballot initiatives
in the hope that even more laws will force Republicans into submission.
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