HELENA - More than a half-dozen bills are before the Legislature to "nullify" or defy federal law, in some fashion. Here is a sampling of those bills, and their status:
Senate Bill 161: Declares the federal health reform laws unconstitutional and says Montana will not comply. Sponsored by Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell. Awaits action in the Senate Public Health Committee.
House Bill 284: Forbids state employees from doing anything to implement the federal health reform acts. Sponsored by Rep. Tom Burnett, R-Bozeman. Awaits action in the House Human Services Committee.
HB321: Declares the federal Endangered Species Act unconstitutional and invalid in Montana. Sponsored by Rep. Krayton Kerns, R-Laurel. Awaits action in the House Judiciary Committee.
HB381: Makes it a crime to enforce federal firearms laws on firearms manufactured in the state. Sponsored by Kerns. Scheduled for hearing Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee.
HB382: Creates a legislative commission that reviews all federal laws for possibly nullification. If the commission decides a law should be nullified, the full Legislature will then vote whether to nullify it and declare that Montanans don't have to comply. Sponsored by Rep. Derek Skees, R-Whitefish. Awaits action in the House Judiciary 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. Scheduled for hearing Tuesday in the House Agriculture 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. Scheduled for hearing Thursday in House Judiciary Committee.