Attempts to nullify federal laws

Published: March 29, 2013

“Nullification bills are waste of public's time” (Our Views, March 21) was an excellent commentary on the Legislature's recent attempt to nullify the federal Affordable Care Act. The Oklahoma House and Senate have staff attorneys with the primary responsibility for drafting legislation and keeping Oklahomans from looking like redneck boobs. Surely they've advised the legislators about the Supremacy Clause in the federal and Oklahoma constitutions, which deem the federal Constitution, federal laws and the opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court to be the supreme law of the land. Any state constitution, statute or judicial ruling that attempts to nullify the supreme law of the land is null and void ab initio (from the beginning).

Any high school graduate should at least have a speaking acquaintance with this concept. I assume the staff attorneys have advised the legislators accordingly. I can only conclude that our legislators chose to ignore the advice of their staff and stubbornly wanted to make a political point,

George E. Sneed, Oklahoma City

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