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October 25, 2014

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Don’t let feds tread on Nevada

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Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, recently submitted Senate Joint Resolution 3, which is before the Legislative Operations and Elections Committee. SJR3 asserts Nevada’s state sovereignty and would put elected U.S. officials on notice that Nevada will not enact federal mandates unsupported by the Constitution.

The 10th Amendment limits the federal government’s powers to those specified in the Constitution and reserves all other powers to the state.

Settelmeyer cited recent examples of the federal government issuing expensive, scientifically unsupported regulations regarding arsenic levels in drinking water and rezoning land that has never been flooded into a flood plain.

The Senate should pass SJR3.

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  1. Our Constitution very clearly mandates that the Supreme Court of the United States is the final arbiter of what is constitutional and what is not.

    Senator Settlemeyer is an agriculturist who apparently believes the seeds of constitutional scholarship were planted in Minden. Who knew?

  2. Since the Feds own about 80% of the land in Nevada they pretty much call the shots. This bill is another "mouse that roared" POS that will not pass.

  3. I'm with my peers Jim and Gary on this one. Feds are supreme. Nevada's Senate and Sen. Settelmeyer beliefs and actions are an exercise in futility.

    CarmineD

  4. There is currently a movement in the western states pushed by county Republican and Tea Party groups to have the county sheriff swear a specific oath to reject unconstitutional mandates and refuse enforcement. Much of the impetus comes from internet hysteria about UN troops coming in and confiscating firearms. Settlemeyer's resolution is a bit more formal but the same delusions drive it. I'm not sure that I want the local sheriff or some councilman deciding what's constitutional and what's not. SCOTUS gets it wrong sometimes that's where the authority rests.

  5. Can't argue with Mr. Settelmeyer's opposition to the federal government issuing regulations regarding arsenic levels in drinking water as long as that opposition pertains to Minden only.

  6. "The 10th Amendment limits the federal government's powers to those specified in the Constitution and reserves all other powers to the state."

    Muzzy -- you are obviously ignorant of our state's history and Constitution. For Nevada's unique allegiance to the federal government check out http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst...

    "Senator Settlemeyer is an agriculturist..."

    "Since the Feds own about 80% of the land in Nevada they pretty much call the shots."

    "I'm with my peers Jim and Gary on this one. Feds are supreme."

    pisces, ressince, CarmineD -- good call. I'm with you guys on this one.

    "There is currently a movement in the western states pushed by county Republican and Tea Party groups to have the county sheriff swear a specific oath to reject unconstitutional mandates and refuse enforcement."

    wharfrat -- your ignorance is showing again. First, like all public officials, their duty is to support, protect and defend the Constitutions. Second, sheriffs are historically the chief law enforcement in their counties, even federal agents are submissive to that authority. Last, much of what you mock is in line with the U.S. Supremes' decision in Printz v. U.S. Former sheriff Richard Mack was a co-plaintiff with Printz.

    "I think you all know that I've always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan on YouTube @ http://youtu.be/xhYJS80MgYA

  7. Congress has made an almost complete mockery of the Tenth Amendment by means of the Commerce Clause. It is the weakening and disregard of the Tenth that allows Congress to attempt to trample over the rest of the Bill of Rights.

    The new pot laws in Oregon and Colorado are going to be very interesting test cases in the months/years to come in the battle between the Tenth Amendment, the Supremacy Clause and the Commerce Clause.

  8. The U.S. out of Minden !