Nullification bills are waste of public's time

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: March 21, 2013

Furthermore, HB 1021 contains no actual enforcement mechanisms. And if some are added, who will be targeted? Because of the federal law's mandates, insurance companies are now required to sell family policies covering children up to age 26 as dependents. Do Oklahoma lawmakers think local insurance agents should be fined or jailed for selling those policies? Should Oklahomans have to choose which set of laws to follow — state or federal — and run the risk of prosecution either way?

The embrace of HB 1021 contrasts sharply with the treatment given Senate Bill 710 by Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Oklahoma City. Her bill would have legalized the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma — an attempted nullification of federal drug law. That bill failed on a 2-5 committee vote.

Senators should give HB 1021 the same treatment, either killing it outright or simply refusing to hear it. Nullification efforts, whether touted by liberals or conservatives, are bad public policy. Worst of all, they waste resources that would be better expended trying to legitimately repeal bad laws — such as Obamacare.

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