10th Amendment and illegal memorandums of understanding

State Rep. Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt) announced today that with HJR YY and SJR Y not making it onto the ballot that he would be introducing a statutory version of the federalism bills as a backup to keep the issue moving.

“It is disappointing that we could not get this needed law onto the ballot, especially with what a bad year it has been for federal overreach,” said Opsommer. “But based on the events of this week it is now more clear than ever that the Legislature needs a better way to enforce the 10th Amendment.”

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Regional Fed Bank Presidents Blocking Transparency

State Representative Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt) criticized regional Fed bank presidents for their testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday, saying their efforts to block inquiry into Wall Street bailout details continue to stymie needed financial reforms. “We continue to see strong bi-partisan efforts to audit the Fed at both the state and federal level that is being…

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Unconstitutional on its Face

Considering all of the legal ambiguity over national healthcare, not only is such a legal challenge necessary, it was fully expected by even Congress’s most ardent supporters of national healthcare because they knew they were wading into unchartered constitutional waters from the moment they pressed the yes button. Congress may be able to tax and…

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Michigan: Joint Committee on Federalism

Yesterday, I introduced HJR YY in Michigan along with several House colleagues, a joint resolution that would change the Michigan Constitution. Why is HJR YY so critically needed? If enacted into law and formally approved by voters, HJR YY would create a Joint Federalism Commission within the legislative council, in essence forcing the creation of…

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