States' measure to repeal federal laws divides Missouri House

Friday, February 18, 2011 | 2:05 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A proposal seeking a constitutional convention to allow states to repeal federal laws has divided some conservatives in the Missouri House.

The resolution by Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, urges Congress to call a convention to draft a constitutional amendment allowing states to repeal federal laws, if two-thirds vote to do so.

But debate stalled on the measure this past week without reaching a vote.

Among those opposing it is conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum.

Schlafly said it would be difficult to keep a constitutional convention limited to one topic, and the convention could result in many amendments conservatives would not like.

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Jean Blackwood February 19, 2011 | 5:41 p.m.

Well thanks, Phyllis. You and I finally agree on something.

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Paul Allaire February 19, 2011 | 7:51 p.m.

Best not allow anyone to discuss anything if it leads to something that conservatives don't like!!!

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