Late yesterday the Attorney General issued an opinion on two questions I had concerning the contraception mandate. You can find the complete opinion here: http://ag.arkansas.gov/opinions/docs/2012-043.html
Here is the bottom line of that opinion: "Second, the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution requires that any valid federal law will override a conflicting state law. Accordingly, if the regulation is a valid federal law, then any conflicting state laws—whether they be regulatory, statutory, or constitutional—will be preempted"
This should bring concern to all Arkansans. If Obamacare is upheld and we go forward with implementing the healthcare exchanges we will be subject to whatever regulations HHS puts into place regardless of whether it is good for Arkansas or is in line with our values.
I believe this latest mandate is an assault on not only our states rights but also on our religious freedoms and will work diligently to fight against it.
I stand with the majority of Arkansans who oppose this encroachment on our freedoms. I stand with Cardinal Dolan, Pastor Rick Bezet and the others of faith who have said they will not comply with this mandate. I hope you will stand with us.
Here to Serve,