A small portion of the New York Legislature pushed for a bill which was against the Fugitive Slave Act. A similar Bill had been passed earlier in Vermont. The main conflict in this situation is difference between a state and federal law, which takes precedence etc. The South was using the power of the Federal government to keep the Fugitive Slave Act alive. Shortly after these Bills against the Fugitive Slave Act were created, the Free states created Personal-Liberty laws. These laws extended legal rights to fugitive slaves in Northern states. Wisconsin even went a step further and ruled that the Fugitive Slave Act was void in their state because it was contrary to state law.