ACTION ALERT: South Carolina Obamacare Nullification Bill in New Committee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 10, 2013) – Just days after hundreds gathered in Columbia rallying in support of a bill that would nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in South Carolina, momentum continues to build.

On Tuesday, more than 300 people descended on the Palmetto State capitol demanding lawmakers take action and stop implementation of Obamacare. The following day, three representatives signed on as cosponsors of H3101. On Thursday, two more followed suit. Eric Bedingfield (R-Greenville), Dennis Moss (R-Cherokee), Dwight Loftis (R-Greenville), Wendy Nanny (R-Greenville) and Michael Pitts (R-Laurens) all inked their names on the bill.

H3101 requires state lawmakers take every measure to “prevent the enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act within the limits of this state.” The bill also provides for criminal penalties for any “official, agent, or employee of the United States government or an employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this article.”

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REAL ID: A Quarter of a Billion Dollars Gone

by Jim Harper, CATO Institute

In an effort to show progress with implementation of our national ID law, the Department of Homeland Security issued a press release just ahead of Christmas reporting that thirteen states had “met the standards of the REAL ID Act of 2005.” Their compliance is not actually compliance, though. Read on…

Next Tuesday, another ‘deadline’ for REAL ID compliance arrives. Due to widespread public opposition, the majority of states and their people are not complying with the national ID mandate. Many states “have not provided sufficient information, at this time,” the DHS release says. I think that’s bureaucratese for: “They’re ignoring REAL ID.” But it doesn’t matter. The states ignoring REAL ID have been granted deferments. I’ve been looking for the Federal Register notice making this deadline extension official so I can put it next to the deadline extension from March 9, 2007, and the one from January 29, 2008, and the one from December 28, 2009, and the one from March 7, 2011.

The states that have tripped over themselves to follow this federal mandate should feel slightly burned. They’re no better off than the states that did nothing. And states need never comply.

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Indiana Bill Would Make the Implementation of “Obamacare” a Felony

Indiana State Senator Phil Boots has introduced a bill that would nullify implementation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the state.

SB 0230 would amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration. The text of the bill simply states:

“Provides that any federal act, order, law, rule, regulation, or statute found by the general assembly to be inconsistent with the power granted to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is void in Indiana. Provides that a resident of Indiana has a cause of action to enjoin the enforcement or implementation or the attempted enforcement or implementation of a federal act, order, law, rule, regulation, or statute declared void by the general assembly. Provides that a plaintiff who prevails in such an action is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.”

The general assembly finds the following:

(1) The people of the several states comprising the United States of America created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes as set forth in the Constitution of the United States and for nothing more.

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New York Senate Bill Would Nullify Federal Laws on Marijuana

New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery has introduced a bill (S01682) legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

The bill has been co-sponsored by Senators Liz Krueger and John L. Sampson and it states:

The legislature finds that thousands of New Yorkers have serious medical conditions that can be improved by medically-approved use of  marihuana.  The law should not stand between them  and  life  and health-sustaining treatment under a practitioner’s supervision.  Many controlled substances that  are  legal for  medical  use (such as morphine and steroids) are otherwise illegal. This legislation follows  the  well-established  public  policy  that  a controlled substance can have a legitimate medical use.

The bill has been assigned to committee.

If passed, New York will join 18 other states who have nullified unconstitutional federal laws on marijuana. 

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