Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Utah Senate asserts states’ rights

Brandon Loomis
The Salt Lake Tribune
February 17, 2010

The Utah Senate on Tuesday rebuked growing federal authority with a resolution asserting states’ rights, and some senators arguing for the resolution called their counterparts in Washington “bullies.”

The resolution, SCR3, merely states the Legislature’s feelings on the federal-state split in duties, but supporters said it could send an important message to the federal government to back off if enough states follow their lead.
“It becomes quite significant if you have 40 or 50 other statements like that,” the resolution’s sponsor, Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said after a 40-minute debate led to a 23-3 vote. “I don’t believe this is [just] a Utah issue.”
It does, however, come amid a barrage of bills and resolutions — 13 in all — that the Utah Legislature is firing at Washington this year. Among them are bills to challenge federal regulation of guns, federal control of lands and federal imposition of health care rules. Adams’ “state sovereignty” resolution wraps the sentiment into one non-binding message, and it passed with only three Democrats dissenting.

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