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Resurrect state’s rights

The Indiana legislative sessions always bring about a variety of resolutions, some of which may never make it to the floor.
Last week, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, introduced House Concurrent Resolution 10, which calls for a renewal of state’s rights and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.
Credit Walorski for standing up to a federal government that has become a monstrosity over the last 10 to 15 years or so.
The resolution says that ‘the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government’ and ‘many federal laws are in direct violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.’
It also calls for federal legislation deemed in violation of the 10th Amendment to be ‘prohibited or repealed.’
The resolution is not anything unique; 14 states have similar legislation in place already. Texas has even had representatives, including Gov. Rick Perry, go as far as saying it should secede from the Union if the federal government becomes too intrusive. But, hey, that’s Texas.
The rights of the states against the federal government are spelled out fairly clear in the 10th Amendment. It’s not like Walorski’s bringing up anything new. The amendment says that powers not granted to the federal or national government, nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution, are reserved for the states or the people.
States have, and should continue to have, the opportunity to reject federal mandates such as universal health care, the REAL ID Act, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, ‘cap and trade’ or any other mandate states determine to be not in its people’s best interests.
‘(The resolution) basically guarantees the sovereignty of the state of Indiana so that as we see these unprecedented mandates happening at the federal level ‘ that we basically say together as a state that the time of this is over,’ Walorski said. ‘The federal government is usurping the state’s authority, and, by doing that, they’re usurping our authority as citizens.’
Some legislators said the resolution should not come to a vote unless it is vetted in a committee.
After introducing the resolution to more than 40 supporters in attendance, Walorski asked to take copies of the legislation to House Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and tell him they want it heard.
Let’s hope he listens.