Utah Legislators Call for Fiscal Federalism

Tea partiers take note: at the forefront of any effort to reduce the size of the federal government should be the devolvement of federal programs to the states. Achieving this may seem like mission impossible given the states’ addiction to federal money. However, there are signs that the idea of returning the relationship between the…

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Another Nail in the Coffin: Utah Considers bill to Reject Real ID

Introduced in the Utah Legislature is House Bill 234 (HB234), which if passed, would prohibit the state from “participating in the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005.” Real ID created national standards for driver’s license and identification cards and opponents have been resisting it for various reasons – it’s a privacy risk, forces…

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Utah Senate Passes Firearms Freedom Act

Today, on its 3rd reading, the Utah Senate passed SB11, the Firearms Freedom Act, by a vote of 19-10. The bill states: A personal firearm, a firearm action or receiver, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in the state to be used or sold within the state is not subject…

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The Voice of the People of Utah

SJR-6; State Sovereignty and Tenth Amendment is set to be introduced by Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-SD11).  This is one of several resolutions referencing states’ rights yet this is directly from the citizens.  Sen. Stephenson worked with the Utah 9.12 States’ Rights Coalition.  Members of the coalition crafted the original draft of the resolution.  According to Larry…

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Utah HB67: Health Care Nullification

Utah State Representative Carl Wimmer has introduced House Bill 67 (HB67), which, if passed, would require the state “to opt out of federal reform when the state determines that opting out is in the best interest of the citizens of the state.” 20-25 states are expected to consider similar legislation in the 2010 legislative session.…

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Standing up for the 2nd, 9th and 10th in Utah

Sen. Margaret Dayton (R – Orem) is the sponsor of S.B. 11, Utah-State Made Firearms Protection Act. In a recent email she stated, “My Firearms Freedom Act passed out of Interim Committee in Nov – and I anticipate that it will go directly to the floor when the Legislature convenes in January. I am pleased…

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Utah to Consider States’ Rights Legislation

The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government, and also that which is “necessary and proper” to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. The rest is to be handled by the state governments,…

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Utah to Feds: Hands off our guns!

According to a report by ABC4 in Salt Lake City, UT State Senator Margaret Dayton has prepared a Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) to be introduced in when the 2010 legislation starts in January. As previously reported here, while the FFA’s title focuses on federal gun regulations, it has far more to do with the 10th…

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