Monday, November 10, 2014
Arizona voters approve anit-Fed proposition
Reflecting disapproval of federal border and immigration control and other unpopular legislation, voters in Arizona approved a state constitutional amendment that would allow the state to withhold money and staffing in carrying out any program the legislature or voters deem unconstitutional. I understand the frustration, but ultimately, the federal courts will decided what is unconstitutional or not. Of course, this legislation provides the basis for litigation in each case. It raises interesting issues of state sovereignty, nullification, federalism, etc. See the article for more detail, background and history of similar proposals. Obama's departure in 2016 and Republicans now taking over both Houses of Congress may eventually (and for the short term at least) lessen use of this state constitutional amendment.