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Opening Arguments

Give it back

Best idea of the week month year:

In its next session beginning in January, the legislature of Virginia will consider proposing a constitutional "Repeal Amendment." The Repeal Amendment would give two-thirds of the states the power to repeal any federal law or regulation. Its text is simple:

 "Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed."

At present, the only way for states to contest a federal law or regulation is to bring a constitutional challenge in federal court or seek an amendment to the Constitution. A state repeal power provides a targeted way to reverse particular congressional acts and administrative regulations without relying on federal judges or permanently amending the text of the Constitution to correct a specific abuse.

 The Repeal Amendment should not be confused with the power to "nullify" unconstitutional laws possessed by federal courts. Unlike nullification, a repeal power allows two-thirds of the states to reject a federal law for policy reasons that are irrelevant to constitutional concerns. In this sense, a state repeal power is more like the president's veto power.

 The original intent of federalism -- all power to the states and the people except for those few tasks clearly and specifically assigned to the federal government -- has been destroyed by Washington's power grab. So, we just take back that power.


tim zank
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 1:28pm

Works for me.

Larry Morris
Fri, 09/17/2010 - 2:37pm

Simple. Me too.

Bob G.
Mon, 09/20/2010 - 9:42am

...Definitely a good plan there.