JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House of Representatives members have given preliminary approval to a constitutional amendment that asserts the state's right to reject federal actions.
The measure says that Missouri will not enforce or recognize various federal policies. Those policies would cover subjects such as hate crimes, gun control and allowing civil unions or same sex marriage.
The constitutional amendment also seeks to reject federal health care policies establishing a public option or rationing care and seeks to block a "cap and trade" approach to reduce pollution blamed for global warming.
House members endorsed the measure 90-69 on Wednesday. It needs another vote before moving to the Senate. The amendment could appear on the ballot in November.