A group of Republicans in the House and Senate are proposing an amendment to the Constitution that would allow a vote by two-thirds of the states' legislatures to override any federal law they did not agree with.
The proposed constitutional amendment, a tea party favorite, is being touted by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the Senate and co-sponsored by Sens. John Barasso (R-WY) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). In the House, Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Paul Broun (R-GA) are leading the charge.
The goal, according to proponents, is to stop the tyranny of Washington over the economy and circumscribe other federal powers.
Here's how the plan would work, from an op-ed Bishop wrote in Daily Caller announcing the Amendment:
"[I]f two-thirds of the states collectively find a federal law or regulation abhorrent or misguided, they should have the power to repeal said law or regulation. The law would then be sent back to Washington for further consideration, at which time Congress may choose not to act again on the matter, or they may vote to override the states' repeal and pass it in finality."
We have messages out to the Washington delegation to get their take on the idea.
It requires a two-thirds vote of congress to send a constitutional amendment to the states, at which point 38 states (75 percent) must ratify it to make it the law of the land. (In lieu of a two-thirds vote of congress, two-thirds of the states can call for a constitutional convention to get the ball rolling.)