[r21] Walorski and Stutzman: State Have Final Say (1/20/2010)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Start Date: 1/20/2010 All Day
End Date: 1/20/2010

STATEHOUSE-Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Jimtown) and Sen. Marlin Stutzman (R-Howe) today announced they have authored a resolution to remind the federal government that it is not sovereign over the states.

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 10 claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment over certain powers, and provides means for certain federal legislation to be prohibited or repealed.

"The U.S. Constitution is clear: day to day life is to be regulated by the states," said Rep. Walorski. "If a power is not delegated specifically to the federal government, it belongs to the state, not the other way around. Many people don't realize that state officials do have the power to nullify federal laws in their state."

"Many federal mandates are in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution and the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress cannot take over the legislative and regulatory processes of the states," Stutzman said. "Each year, more federal control is assumed over key public policy concerns by funding provisions with strings attached. In areas of education, road funding, agriculture and a host of others where the state and the people have sole authority to act, the federal system has taken away our rights of self rule."

"This resolution is meant to serve as a 'cease and desist' to our federal officials," added Rep. Walorski. "We remind them of what James Madison wrote: 'powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined, while those remaining the state government are numerous and indefinite.'"

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Rep. Walorski can be reached by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by e-mail at h21@in.gov.