COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers have approved a measure meant to eventually allow states to repeal federal law.
But the process to get there would be complicated and long. House Republicans pushed through the so-called "repeal amendment" by a 72-44 vote on Wednesday. Democrats argued the measure was a waste of time.
The legislation calls for a Constitutional Convention to propose an amendment allowing states to repeal a federal law. That would depend on two-thirds of state legislatures approving a resolution to do so.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell says it's a way for states to regain sovereignty.
Democratic Rep. Walt McLeod notes there hasn't been a Constitutional Convention since 1787, and an agenda for one couldn't be set in advance. Two-thirds of states must request to have one.