Republicans running the Montana House used their big majority Saturday to endorse nullification of the federal Endangered Species Act in Montana with a 61-39 vote — even though dispatching with the act would cost Montana roughly $1 billion in federal funds that comes with strings attached.Hmmm. He doesn't like the idea of nullification but he seems to be encouraging outright disobedience (without even a pretend of a legal basis) to federal law on this.
Schweitzer, a Democrat, quickly warned the lawmakers he doesn't like their idea — even though just days earlier he encouraged ranchers in northern Montana to shoot wolves that harass their livestock and defiantly said state agents may kill packs of endangered wolves.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Montana House of Representatives Votes For Nullification
I consider this whole idea of nullification one of those well-intentioned but ultimately futile efforts. The courts did not buy it when some states denied the validity of the Sedition Act, when states tried to nullify a higher tariff, when states tried to nullify the Fugitive Slave Act, or to nullify Brown v. Board of Education (1954). February 19, 2011 NECN reports on what happened: