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House Passes Federal Nullification Bill

HB 8 Provides Attorney General Reviews of Federal Actions to Legislature
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Rep. Wes Keller (R-7)
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Posted: April 11, 2011
Contact: Jim Pound, 465-2671, Professional Staff


(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a bill requiring the Alaska attorney general to notify the Judiciary Committees of the findings of his reviews of federal actions that could be unconstitutional or improperly adopted.

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Ak St Legislature MajorityThe AG reviews and reports on federal actions to the governor, and HB 8 simply add the legislative oversight committees - the Judiciary Committees - to the list of report recipients.
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House Bill 8, sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, would require the AG to file a report of his findings following reviews of federal statutes, regulation, or executive or secretarial order for constitutionality, proper adoption, or pre-emption of state law if it were handled correctly.

"The AG reviews and reports on federal actions to the governor, and HB 8 simply add the legislative oversight committees - the Judiciary Committees - to the list of report recipients," Keller said. "It will be up to those committees to determine the best course of action."

Legislation could be drafted, whereby the state proclaims a federal law void and inoperative, or having no effect in the state, known as nullification. It could also choose to ignore the language or pass a resolution in opposition.

HB 8, which passed by a vote of 29-10, now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.

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