COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina House Judiciary Subcommittee is debating a bill that would make it a felony for any federal agent to enforce the Affordable Care Act in the Palmetto State.
The committee heard from constitutional scholars on whether South Carolina has the power to arrest and prosecute federal agents for enforcing the federal healthcare law.
The committee got two different views on that.
Rep. Greg Delleny warned the committee arresting a federal agent under this bill would be seen as an act of aggression toward the federal government.
"You know, we have the Third Army located here at Shaw Air Force base, just 30 miles down the road. If we commit some act of aggression against a federal judge or federal employee, they can handle that situation. What do we have to come against that?"
The bill would allow the state to charge federal officials with a felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The bill is a long way from being approved by the South Carolina House.