States’ Rights Update: AZ Senate Bans Climate Change Rules; FL Introduces Sovereignty Memorialby Phil on 07/4/2009
Originally it was reported that the great State of Arizona passed legislation meant to be a bulwark against nationalized health care. At the referenced link, I briefly discussed how it’s important to revive the age-old concept of federalism on any given issue that affects us nationally in order to raise the question: Does this issue need to be addressed solely at the federal level, or are we going to allow States to have a say in the debate?
Next, a concerned citizen sent me an email showing that the same State is going up against federal efforts to enforce climate change rules (via AZStarNet.com):
The state Senate voted Monday, 19-10, to bar the Department of Environmental Quality from enacting or enforcing any new rules designed to deal with climate change.
Senate Bill 1147 specifically would block the rules adopted by DEQ last year to set emission standards for new vehicles for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. That measure was pushed through by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano over the objections of automobile manufacturers.
It also would halt further work on any sort of “cap and trade” system of greenhouse gases, which would set new limits on emissions from industrial sources such as power plants. Electric utilities have been at the forefront of fighting this proposal, claiming higher costs.
The measure now goes to the Arizona House of Representatives for consideration.
The full text of bill SB1147 can be found here.
Via the TenthAmendmentCenter.com, the great State of Florida has introduced a 10th Amendment memorial…
A current listing of State-based initiatives can be found here.