BREAKING NEWS – North Dakota Senate passes health care nullification bill

BISMARCK, N.D. – In a surprising turnaround, the North Dakota Senate passed a health care nullification bill on Friday.

Nullification appeared dead after the Human Services Committee voted 3-1 to oppose SB2309. But Sen. Dick Dever (R-Bismarck) overcame the committee recommendation with a passionate speech on the Senate floor.

“He spoke beautifully without notes except for quoting the Tenth Amendment,” Sen. Margaret Sitte (R-Bismarck), a bill co-sponsor said.

The revised version of SB2309 passed 27-19.


Pair of Ky. bills challenging federal coal regulations clear committee

Two bills written to shield the Kentucky coal industry from overreaching federal regulation passed out of committee Thursday, one in the House, the other in the Senate.

A bill that would exempt Kentucky coal mines and coal alteration facilities that mine or alter coal in Kentucky for exclusive use within the Commonwealth from requirements of the Clean Water Act unanimously passed out of a House committee.

HB421 declares that Congress has no authority to regulate intrastate commerce.

Section 1 of the Constitution of Kentucky recognizes that citizens of the Commonwealth have certain inherent, inalienable rights, including the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberty and the right of pursuing their safety and happiness, which may not be infringed by Acts of Congress that lack constitutional authority.