Seven Miss. senators fight State’s rights bill

Some Mississippi senators are protesting a resolution that cleared that chamber this week because they say it sends the message that the state is dissatisfied with the federal government.

Seven senators who are members of the Legislative Black Caucus opposed Senate Concurrent Resolution 630 on Friday. The resolution is described on the state Legislature’s Web site as a measure “reinforcing the fundamental principle and authority of state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers and discouraging the federal government from imposing certain restrictive mandates.”

Similar resolutions have won approval in other states amid Republican criticism of federal spending under the administration of President Barack Obama, such as billions of stimulus dollars intended to prop up the economy.