Maine had a sovereignty bill that was killed in the Legislative Council last week.
Quote: Under the rules of the Maine Legislature, Rep. Cebra’s resolution (LR722) required the approval of the Legislative Council (comprised of the ten party leaders of the Senate and House) in order to be considered by the full Legislature. It was considered and killed by the Legislative Council this week when it was rejected on a 6-4 party-line vote, with all six Democratic leaders opposed, while the four GOP leaders (Raye, Courtney, Tardy and Curtis) voted to allow the Legislature to debate the issue.
Joined by an Oklahoma lawmaker, state Rep. Samuel E. Rohrer, R-128th, of Berks County, and state Sen. Mike Folmer, R-48th, of Lebanon County, held a “State of Independence” rally in Harrisburg’s Capitol Rotunda last week.
They unveiled a resolution that was designed to defend the rights of Pennsylvania as a sovereign state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. It was formally submitted to the state legislature on Friday.
“The quiet consolidation of power by the federal government is a threat to all citizens, because too much power in too few hands ends in tyranny,” Mr. Rohrer said. “The days of federal politicians taking credit for bold initiatives while silently shifting the costs to state treasuries must come to an end.”
Messrs. Rohrer and Folmer were joined by Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who introduced a similar measure in the Oklahoma Legislature. State lawmakers from New Hampshire, Arizona and South Carolina also participated through pre-recorded remarks.
The lawmakers’ measure — a joint resolution for consideration by the Pennsylvania House and Senate — is part of a movement taking place in states across America to reaffirm their sovereign rights under the Tenth Amendment, which states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
The joint resolution, which was introduced by Mr. Rohrer in the House and by Mr. Folmer in the Senate, chides federal lawmakers for exceeding their constitutional limits on authority and urges them to stop any future federal mandates or funding enticements that are inconsistent with their powers as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.
These and other State-based initiatives can be found here (mousing over the State Initiatives bar at the top of the site will show specific State pages that have been completed, to date, in my renovation process).