Hundreds of bills looming in legislatures on Common Core, NSA, marijuana
It’s only days, a few weeks at most, into the 2015 season for state legislatures, and already there are hundreds of bills looming that are challenges to the power of Washington, on issues ranging from Common Core to marijuana and the National Security Agency, according to a new report.
Officials with the Tenth Amendment Center, who track legislation at the state level, said already they have listed some 200 state bills that are “seeking to block or limit federal power.”
“Sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, these bills range from narrowly focused legislation that would allow terminally ill people access to experimental drugs and medical treatments despite FDA regulations, to bills that would deny resources and assistance from states to the NSA. Other legislation addresses the Second Amendment, the federal prohibition of hemp and marijuana, Common Core, the use of drones for surveillance, the Affordable Care Act, and even federal grant programs that arm local police with battlefield-ready military equipment,” the center said.
Center Communications Director Mike Maharrey told WND that the observed “dissatisfaction level” in states is far higher now than the group has seen before.
While such bills, such as a series several years ago trying to say that the federal government had no regulatory authority over guns made and sold inside a state’s borders, have been rising each of the last several years, this year there was a marked jump.
200 and counting
From about 100 bills monitored last year to more than 200 and counting this year already.
He said the rejection of Washington’s micromanagement is “broad-based” as well as “bipartisan.”
Many of the bills, he said, “are going to pass.”
And many of them, he noted, are a rejection not necessarily to the laws of Congress, but of the rules imposed by bureaucrats.
He suggested the marijuana issue as an example. Multiple states allow the legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and Washington and Colorado allow it for “recreational use.”
Maharrey noted when the federal government wanted to ban alcohol, it took a constitutional amendment, and another to repeal. Yet the bureaucrats have created the framework now that could be used to punish states that allow marijuana use.
WND reported just weeks ago on the use of executive action, regulations and more to run Americans’ lives.
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, described the problem linked to the professional government managers.
“You can’t fire them every two years, as is the case with representatives, or every six years, as is the case with senators. But you can fire your representatives and senators. And so, the ultimate decision-making authority needs to rest with people who are elected,” he said.
At that time, the White House told reporters it would not wait for legislation to implement so-called “net neutrality” rules because it would have the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, simply write new regulations.
The White House claimed the regulations would ensure Internet service providers treat all web content fairly, but critics say it would give the federal government virtual control over the content of the Internet.
For instance, they say the government could effectively censor content it finds objectionable by simply slowing the delivery speed of such material.
Additionally, broadband companies say the burdensome regulations would drive up costs and drive down investment and innovation.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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