Resolution calls for limits on federal power
February 20, 2013
A joint resolution introduced on Tuesday and sponsored by two Douglas County lawmakers would limit the federal government’s reach in Nevada.
Sen. James Settelmeyer introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3 to the Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections on Tuesday.
The resolution claims sovereignty for the state of Nevada under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
The amendment reads “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
According to the resolution that “defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more.”
The resolution said that the amendment showed that the federal government was created by the states to be their agent, and that today the states are treated as agents of the federal government.
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It also claims that many federal laws are in violation of the Tenth Amendment. The resolution demands that the federal government stop enforcing those laws.
“That all compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or which requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed,” the resolution reads.
Should the resolution pass the Nevada Legislature, it would be sent to the President, Vice President, Speaker of the House and each member of the Nevada Congressional delegation.
Both Settelmeyer and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler are joint sponsors.