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States overturning the feds?

Really it's possible? I have heard a lot about that today. I thought it was only possible for states to 'veto' a bill but not an actual law. Can the states overturn a federal law? How? Links to this information please. I have never heard of this before.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:44 PM on Mar. 22, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They have to challenge it in court on constitutional grounds. Happy Reading


    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:50 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Doesn't really matter if they do, as long as the feral govt. disagrees. We've already seen it with medical marijuana legalization - States legalize, Feds say "No no," and come in anyway.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:50 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • *federal, (not feral, although that may be appropriate? haha)

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:51 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • It's possible though if you win, you have to stick strictly to what the agreement is.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 6:08 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Yes. The federal government cannot force a state to accept any program. They don't get the money, but they don't have to take the program, just like No Child Left Behind. Several states opted out of that.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:08 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • They are suing the federal government. There is a difference.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:22 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Yes. Individual states can do two different things. They can simply refuse to adopt the federal law, which usually means they loose federal tax dollars for something, transportation (i.e. upkeep of interstate highways) is a favorite threat.
    The other thing states can do is challenge the constitutionality of a law in federal court. Quite a number of states are preparing to do one or both of these in regard to the health care bill.
    Both of these rights are build into the Constitution - our country was originally created in such a way that states had far more governing power than the federal government

    Answer by eema.gray at 6:30 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Here is a quick lesson about our country's checks and balances. Begin with the three branches of government; Executive (the president), the legislative ( the congress:senate and house), and the judicial, the supreme court, made of nine judges. The president can give an executive order for the legislative to come up with a bill to be made into a law. The congress did that , they voted and it passed, the president signed it into law. Now it can be bought before the supreme court to test it to see if it is lawful according to our constitution.

    I am personally against the HC refrom law.  I am interested to see what will happen at the supreme court level.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:37 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Here in Virginia they are ready to file a lawsuit as soon as the Senate passes the bill and Obama signs it. Basically they are stating it is unconstitutional. They've already got the lawyers ready and will be filing the suit immediately after this is passed and from what I've seen many other states are following VA's lead and ready to do the same.

    Answer by amyrw at 6:56 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

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