Monday, January 26, 2015

Update from the Madison Coalition

The Madison Coalition is helping to build a nationwide coalition of legislators, backed by business and grassroots political leaders, to urge Congress to propose a "Regulation Freedom Amendment" to require that major new federal regulations be approved by Congress.

The "Regulation Freedom Amendment" is now backed by a coalition including the American Farm Bureau Federation, 2 Governors, a bipartisan group of more than 150 state legislators, and the General Counsel of the RNC.

Unlike a law, a Constitutional Amendment could not be repealed or waived by a future Congress, could not be challenged in Court on "separation of powers" grounds, and does not need to be signed by the President.

Just as states forced Congress to propose the Bill of Rights, 2/3 of the states who agreed on this Amendment could potentially force Congress to propose it because Congress will do almost anything to avoid a Convention.

Even the credible threat that states might force Congress to propose such an Amendment could significantly restrain abusive action by federal regulators.

Enclosed a proposed Resolution for state legislatures urging Congress to propose the "Regulation Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This Resolutions has already been passed by the Indiana Legislature and a similar Resolution was passed by the Georgia Senate in 2014.  Such Resolutions will likely be introduced in more than 30 states in 2015.

Mark Norris, Senate Majority Leader in TN and the Chair of CSG (The Council of State Governments) is introducing the Resolution in TN.

Rep. Phil King, the Chair of ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council), will introduce a Regulation Freedom Amendment Resolution in the Texas House.

Curt Bramble, the Senate President Pro-Tem in UT and Chair-elect of NCSL (The National Conference  of State Legislatures) is supporting the Resolution in UT.

Our effort to empower the states and rein in regulators is growing but we need your help.

Let us know what questions you have or what additional information you would like to see.

We look forward to working with you and people who know who are interested in curbing  the authority of overreaching federal regulators and restoring the balance of state and federal power intended by the authors of our Constitution.

Roman Buhler
The Madison Coalition
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INDIANA SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIOn No. 10 urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

After passing the Indiana Senate SCR 10 was adopted by voice vote in the Indiana House on Feb 27, 2012.

Here is the link to the resolution on the General Assembly's website:

Senate Concurrent Resolution 10
Senate Resolution (S)
Authored by: Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. David Long, Sen. R Michael Young
Co-Authors: Sen. Brent Steele, Sen. Brandt Hershman, Sen. Dennis Kruse
Sponsors: Rep. Eric Allan Koch
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A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 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.

Whereas:  Federal regulators must be more accountable to elected representatives of the people, and not immune from such accountability.

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.

Whereas, Even if enacted, a law may be repealed or waived by a future Congress and President.

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:

Therefore, Be It resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives concurring,

SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly does hereby urge that the United States Congress vote 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.".

SECTION 2. That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to each member of Congress, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate of every state legislature in the United States.

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