Friday, December 11, 2009

Show Me State's Rights

State Senator Gary Nodler (R-MO) has prefiled SB587, a Senate Bill that creates a Tenth Amendment commission:
Upon approval of the voters at the August 2010 election, this act creates the "Tenth Amendment Commission." This commission will refer cases to the Attorney General when the federal government takes steps that require the state or a state officer to enact or enforce a provision of federal law that lies outside Congress's power and intrudes on the powers reserved to the states by the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The attorney general is authorized to seek appropriate relief to preserve the state's sovereignty.

The Governor, President pro tempore of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives appoint two members of the commission, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court appoints one member of the commission. The seven members of the commission will each serve two year terms. The commission shall meet annually to elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson.
No word on whether or not anyone in the state house will introduce my term limit idea. The first step of that idea is to forbid Missouri's congressional delegation from serving consecutive terms. Surely someone in Jeff City will realize that by term limiting the people sent to DC, they are creating job opportunities for themselves. Heck, I'll even propose some text for the bill:
No one serving in the United States Congress may stand for election.

1 comment:

smitty1e said...

This is great. Especially if empowered to go back in time and kick stupid legislation to the SCOTUS for review.

Baby steps...