A lengthy debate is expected to begin next week in the state Senate on Beaufort Republican Tom Davis long-awaited amendment to a bill that would curb the federal Affordable Care Act in South Carolina.
Davis’ amendment aims to turn a S.C. House-approved health care nullification bill, which says, essentially, “Hey, D.C., no way we’re following your law,” into one that says, “Hey, D.C., no way you’re taking control of our state’s public resources to enact this law.”
Davis’ proposal uses the word “commandeering” to try to avoid possible legal challenges that the House bill amounts to unconstitutional nullification. To bolster his anti-commandeering case, Davis cites a 1997 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the federal government cannot force local law-enforcement agencies to aid with background checks of gun buyers under the federal Brady Bill.
Read more details about Davis' amendment and just how long the debate over the bill might take in this sneak peek of The Buzz's Sunday column.