President Joe Biden sent out a flurry of executive orders and mandates during his first few weeks in office. He ended up signing a grand total of 40, more than any other President during that time.
However, several of his orders haven’t gone over well, especially with Republicans and GOP-dominated states. They believe it’s possible that Biden has overstepped his authority.
That’s why two northern states are taking action.
In South Dakota, new legislation was introduced into the state House of Representatives: it’s bill HB 1194, and it’s specifically designed to push back against certain executive edicts.
If it passes, it could definitely throw a wrench into Biden’s executive order machine.
Via The Daily Wire:
Legislation introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives seeks to give the state’s attorney general the authority to review executive orders from President Joe Biden and potentially nullify any order deemed unconstitutional.
This is a bold move, but one many Conservatives will likely support.
The bill says SD Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg could exempt the state from any law or order “that restricts a person’s rights or that is determined … to be unconstitutional.”
This legislation covers any executive order related to the following:
- A pandemic or other public health emergency
- The regulation of natural resources
- The regulation of the agricultural industry
- The regulation of land use
- The regulation of the financial sector through the imposition of environmental, social, or governance standards, or
- The regulation of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms
The state made it clear that this legislation isn’t just about Biden, though.
Instead, this is about addressing “executive overreach” that appears to be intensifying during the early days of this administration. And South Dakota’s neighbor is on board, too.
In North Dakota, the state is considering Bill 1282, which is very similar.
If it goes through, this would create a “committee on nullification.” Here’s part of the bill:
Upon receipt of federal legislation, regulation, or an executive order, for consideration and process, the committee shall recommend whether to nullify in its entirety a specific federal law, regulation, or executive order.
In making its recommendation, the committee shall consider whether the legislation, regulation, or executive order is outside the scope of the powers delegated to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States.
This means that if the bill passes, the State Legislature could say “no” to any Biden order.
They would decide if the order becomes a law in the state or not — thereby countermanding the executive action. In fact, a companion law (Bill 1164) specifically targets presidential orders.
Republicans have been firing back against Biden’s “authoritarianism” from the start.
And this is a direct result of that retaliation. In the end, it wouldn’t be surprising to see other states attempt to introduce similar laws in the near future.