The return of nullification
That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact [the Constitution], to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.As reported by the Washington Times, Missouri’s legislature, by large majorities, and pushed by tea partiers, has submitted to the voters of the state a referendum which would interpose against and nullify any law that would “compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system”:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS: …_________
Note: I’m not sure if this is the same bill authorizing a referendum that the Times is referring to, since it speaks of denying the “government,” rather than the federal government, the authority to do certain things, but it’s the only document I found at the Missouri General Assembly website that uses the language quoted by the Washington Times. Also, if it is the same bill, I don’t know if this is the final language of the bill as passed.