HELENA — Here is the status of bills before the Legislature to “nullify” or defy federal law, in some fashion.
House Bill 321: Declares the federal Endangered Species Act unconstitutional and invalid in Montana. Sponsored by Rep. Krayton Kerns, R-Laurel. Endorsed by the House Saturday.
HB381: Makes it a crime to enforce federal firearms laws on firearms manufactured in the state. Sponsored by Kerns. Approved Monday by the House Judiciary Committee.
HB382: Creates a legislative commission that reviews all federal laws for possibly nullification by the Legislature. Sponsored by Rep. Derek Skees, R-Whitefish. Approved Monday by the House Judiciary Committee.
HB448: Creates an interstate “firearm freedom compact” of states that have declared invalid the enforcement of federal firearms law for firearms manufactured in-state. Sponsored by Kerns. Approved by the House Monday.
HB550: Declares that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gases is void in Montana. Sponsored by Rep. Joe Read, R-Ronan. Approved Friday by the House Federal Relations, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.
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House Joint Resolution 14: Says Montana has the power to decide whether federal government is “abridging” personal liberties and protect its citizens against “federal incursion.” Sponsored by Rep. Michael More, R-Gallatin Gateway. Approved Monday by the House Judiciary Committee.
HJR20: Says the federal health-reform laws are “null and void” and not enforceable in Montana. Sponsored by Skees. Approved Monday by the House Human Services Committee.
Senate Bill 161: Declares the federal health-reform laws unconstitutional and says Montana will not comply. Sponsored by Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell. Killed Wednesday by the Senate Public Health Committee.
HB284: Forbids state employees from doing anything to implement the federal health-reform acts. Sponsored by Rep. Tom Burnett, R-Bozeman. Killed Wednesday by the House Human Services Committee.
HB443: Declares any future federal food safety laws to be void in Montana, for any food grown, processed or sold within the state. Sponsored by Burnett. Killed Friday by the House Agriculture Committee.