Associated Press – March 4, 2009 9:45 AM ET
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Hundreds of activists gathered outside the Statehouse Wednesday to support a Republican lawmaker’s push for states rights.
The House is scheduled to vote on Rep. Daniel Itse’s resolution asserting state sovereignty, or the right to ignore any federal law or policy that violates the U.S. Constitution. Itse says many policies fit the bill, including the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal stimulus package and any new assault rifle ban.
Itse said lawmakers voting against the resolution should fear for their re-election. His supporters chanted “No King Obama” and held placards. One read “Secession is a Human Right.”
Lawmakers in at least 15 states are sponsoring similar resolutions, most of them nonbinding.
Update: WCAX-TV is reporting:
Associated Press – March 4, 2009 11:25 AM ET
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The New Hampshire House killed a resolution affirming state sovereignty on Wednesday, dashing the hopes of conservatives who say the federal government should quit meddling in local affairs.
The House rejected Republican Daniel Itse’s resolution by a vote of 216-150. Itse’s supporters booed from the gallery after the vote, briefly disrupting the session.
The resolution said New Hampshire could ignore any federal laws or policies that violate the Constitution. It was nonbinding, so if passed, it would not have carried the force of law. Itse targets many policies, including the stimulus bill, the No Child Left Behind Act and any new assault rifle ban.
Similar resolutions are pending in at least 15 states. Critics say they’re a misreading of the Constitution.
A current listing of State-based initiatives can be found here.