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Statesman: Nullification Wastes Time

Health care could be the defining issue of the 2012 legislative session. But how will lawmakers choose to define the issue? They should not fixate on revisiting one of the most tiresome and pointless arguments of the 2011 session - making another wrongheaded run at “nullification,” pursuing the thoroughly disproven legal notion that states can ignore federal health care law. There are rumblings that lawmakers will introduce a nullification bill again in 2012. As long as lawmakers are talking about repeating this folly, it's worth repeating that the nullification concept has been rejected by federal courts since the Civil War era. In the 1950s, in deciding on a public school desegregation, the U.S. Supreme Court said, all but verbatim, that states cannot nullify federal law, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you support nullification legislation?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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