The Oklahoma House passed a bill on Thursday which would give the state's attorney general and state legislature the power to review the president's executive orders to determine constitutionality.
The bill would authorize the legislature to recommend any executive order, federal agency rule, or federal congressional action be reviewed by the attorney general. If either the attorney general or the legislature declares the act unconstitutional, then all state and local officials and any publicly funded organization will be prohibited from enforcing it.
The bill, titled HB 1236, could be the most direct and effective way of countering federal rules and could pave the way for the legislature to block a federal mask mandate, transgender athletes in school sports, and other orders.
Shortly after HB 1236 passed, state Rep. Jay Steagall introduced HR 1005, which outlines the right of a state to defend the Constitution and intervene on behalf of the liberties of its citizens.
"Oklahoma hereby asserts sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers," the resolution says. "THAT this resolution shall serve notice to the federal government of our intent to maintain the balance of powers where the Constitution of the United States established it. THAT we intend to ensure that all federal government agencies and their agents and employees operating within the geographic boundaries of Oklahoma, or whose actions have an effect on the inhabitants, lands or waters of Oklahoma, shall operate within the confines of the original intent of the Constitution of the United States."
HB 1236 passed with an 80-14 vote.