Republicans in Arizona’s state House on Wednesday passed a bill that would ignore any executive order signed by President Barack Obama.
“Oh, just secede already, Arizona legislature,” Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote in her Wednesday column about HB2368, a bill that would prohibit the state from enforcing or cooperating with Obama’s executive orders unless they were affirmed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress.
“Our leaders are marching ever closer to declaring our independence from the United States of America,” Roberts noted. “Or at least, from its government.”
“The bill, sponsored by none other than Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, is one of a series of kooky measures aimed at declaring our independence from federal gun laws, from the Affordable Care Act, from the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Department of Justice, from Barack Obama and from just about anything else associated with the state’s most detested f-word… Federal, that is.”
The Tenth Amendment Center, which advocates for states’ rights, praised the bill for its “potential to shut down overreaching federal actions.”
But Roberts argued that Arizona Republicans should be less “focused on and passionate about the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” and more “interested in Article 11, Section 6 of the Arizona Constitution,” which states that higher education should be “nearly free as possible.”
Just days before passing the bill on Obama’s executive orders, Arizona lawmakers had pushed through another measure that would cut $99 million from higher education.