Arizona is taking the first steps toward nullifying the EPA, as a resolution has been proposed in the State Senate that would serve as a stern rebuke against the federal agency.
The resolution, SR1003, says, “Whereas, the rulemaking authority of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers… Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona That the Members of the Senate support the nullification in the State of Arizona of all rules imposed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.”
SR1003 was introduced Jan. 28 and was co-sponsored by a whopping 12 State Senators and 25 State Representatives. This shows a tremendous amount of backlash against federal overreach in Arizona and a recognition of the 10th Amendment as a remedy for the systemic abuses of Washington D.C.
Although this resolution is non-binding and thus only symbolic in nature, it can lead to bigger and better things in the legislature later on, according to Adam Henriksen of the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center. He says that many substantive legislative endeavors were kick-started by resolutions like this one. He also says that there is a bipartisan coalition forming against federal encroachments on Arizona sovereignty.
“Trying to get Democrats to co-sponsor legislation introduced by a Republican can be difficult,” Henriksen said. “The Arizona Tenth Amendment Center focuses on nonpartisan legislation to limit the federal government to its constitutionally delegated powers. The fact that democrats are starting to co-sponsor legislation such as SR1003 indicates that they realize our positions aim to protect every citizen, regardless of party affiliation, gender, nationality and so on.”
Hopefully SR1003 can signal the beginning of a new politics in Arizona where freedom is put ahead of petty partisanship, and both sides of the aisle can work toward protecting our Constitutional liberties!
For AZ Residents: Call your State Legislators and politely demand that they support SR1003. You can find their contact information by clicking HERE.
For Other States: Call your State Legislators and politely demand that they take immediate action against the EPA. You can find their contact information by clicking HERE.