Nearly six decades ago, Mississippi created a state Sovereignty Commission to try and block enforcement of federal laws.
This session, two state lawmakers have introduced legislation to create a committee to help neutralize federal laws and regulations "outside the scope of the powers delegated by the people to the federal government in the United States Constitution."
Robert McElvaine, professor of history at Millsaps College, said the bill would do nothing but put Mississippi up for more ridicule.
"The neutralization of federal law?" he said. "I am astounded to see such a measure introduced in the 21st century. Do the authors of the bill see Mississippi as part of the United States?"
More than 15,000 sign petition to secede Mississippi from union.