A Phoenix business owner launched an initiative drive Monday designed to let Arizona voters override federal laws.

And John Biltis said he’s prepared to spend millions of dollars of his own money to put the issue on the November ballot and convince Arizonans to approve it.

The initiative would leave in place a provision in Arizona’s own constitution which says the federal Constitution “is the supreme law of the land.” But it proposes to add language saying the federal document may not be violated by any government — including the federal government.

More to the point, it would allow Arizonans “to reject any federal action that they determine violates the United States Constitution.” And they would be able to do this either through a vote of the state House and Senate with consent of the governor, or through a popular vote on a ballot measure.

Biltis, the sole owner of TAG Employer Services, said he takes literally the federal constitutional provisions which spell out that Congress has only the power specifically enumerated.

He said the erosion has been taking place since the 1930s. But Biltis said the pace is accelerating, citing the Patriot Act which gives the federal government more power to spy on individuals as well as the federal health care law now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

And then there are the smaller intrusions, “like what light bulbs you can have, what kind of toilet you can flush.”

“We’re getting to a point that the federal government is so far beyond their constitutional limit that they don’t even ask questions if something’s constitutional any more,” Biltis said. “Once you stop playing by the rules, it gets a little scary.”

Biltis acknowledged that his measure could amount to allowing one group of politicians — state lawmakers — to overrule the decisions of federal lawmakers who are just a different group of politicians. But he said there’s nothing wrong with adding to the process.

“I don’t think you can have enough checks and balances in a free society,” Biltis said.

Nor does Biltis believe that being able to ask a federal court to intervene, as is happening with the federal health care law, is sufficient.

He said there is a long history of the nation’s high court upholding federal laws that were unfair, going back to the 1857 Dred Scott decision which upheld the legality of slavery and, more recently, to courts allowing the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.

Biltis needs 259,213 valid signatures on petitions by July 5 to put the measure on the ballot. He already has retained a political consulting firm.

“This is a multi million-dollar campaign and I’m personally committed to funding a decent portion of that,” he said. Biltis said his company does human resources, payroll and retirement programs for other companies.

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Checks and Balances

The states’ power to protect its citizens against encroachment by the federal government has been documented and practiced since the founding of the country. This power was first proposed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. States have used this power to push back against countless federal measures that violated the Constitution. Here are a few recent examples….(1) Sixteen states rejected the Supreme Court’s decision on the state’s right to regulate medical marijuana. (2) Two dozen states nullified the REAL ID Act of 2005, the federal government’s attempt to nationalize identification. (3) Several states have passed healthcare freedom acts to reject “ObamaCare”. (4) Several states are considering legislation that would limit the TSA’s powers to perform inappropriate searches.
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az native citizen

The Tucson school district was accused of teaching hispanic high school students to overthrow the feredal goverment. Well duh, isn't this iniciative doing the same thing? There are three words the legislators should keep in mind. 1) Treason is defined as the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance. 2) Insubordination...disobedience to authority.
3) Perfidiy - a) the quality or state of being faithless or disloyal, b) an act or an instance of disloyalty. It is the frying pan calling the pot black. Isn't it?

soricobob

There are many examples of states attempting to supersede the Federal government, from Little Rock, Arkansas-to-Selma, Alabama. The states that have challenged the Feds have taken the position that they were being interfered with, and the Feds should leave them alone, but the Feds have usually prevailed. With the current Supreme Court, however, almost anything can happen.

birthrightcitizen

This is proof positive that one need not be intelligent, educated or even smart to be rich....It seems that a Civil War was fought to settle this issue---Education.........The mechanisms for testing the Constitutionality of laws are embedded in the Constitution----Smart............The correlation of these two facts------Intelligence................We see ample evidence of the folly of people like this in the insane junk that comes from the Arizona Legislature...........God help us if they gain control of the National Government.

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