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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6

INTRODUCED BY D. ANKNEY, M. BLASDEL, P. CONNELL, T. GAUTHIER, S. HINEBAUCH, J. HINKLE, B. HOVEN, D. HOWARD, F. MOORE, K. REGIER, F. THOMAS, C. VINCENT, F. ANDERSON, S. BERGLEE, R. BRODEHL, R. EHLI, E. GREEF, B. HARRIS, A. HERTZ, D. JONES, D. LENZ, W. MCKAMEY, J. O'HARA, V. RICCI, S. STAFFANSON, B. TSCHIDA, S. VINTON, K. WAGONER, K. WHITE, N. BALLANCE, D. BARTEL, B. BROWN, T. BURNETT, G. CUSTER, A. DOANE, R. FITZGERALD, B. GRUBBS, G. HERTZ, K. HOLMLUND, M. HOPKINS, J. KEANE, C. KNUDSEN, D. LENZ, D. LOGE, D. MORTENSEN, M. NOLAND, A. REDFIELD, M. REGIER, R. SHAW, D. SKEES, J. TREBAS, B. USHER, D. ZOLNIKOV


A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA URGING CONGRESS TO PROPOSE THE REGULATION FREEDOM AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA URGING CONGRESS TO PROPOSE THE REGULATION FREEDOM AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

 

     WHEREAS, the growth and abuse of federal regulatory authority threaten our constitutional liberties, including those guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments of our Constitution; and

     WHEREAS, federal regulators must be more accountable to elected representatives of the people and not immune from such accountability; and

     WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence decried the imposition by the central government of "an absolute tyranny over these states" and a central government that "erected a multitude of new offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance"; and

     WHEREAS, states too often find themselves in a similar position today; and

     WHEREAS, the United States House of Representatives has passed with bipartisan support the REINS Act to require that Congress approve major new federal regulations before they can take effect; and

     WHEREAS, even if enacted, a law may be repealed or waived by a future Congress and President; and

     WHEREAS, an amendment to the United States Constitution does not require the President's approval and cannot be waived by a future Congress and President.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

     That the Sixty-fifth Legislature urges Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom amendment to the United States Constitution as follows: "Whenever one quarter of the members of the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate transmits to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House of Representatives and the Senate to adopt that regulation."

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State forward copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, to each member of Congress, and to the principal leaders in all state legislative chambers.

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