Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bipartisan Support for the Regulation Freedom Amendment!

Two key Democratic leaders, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia  and Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, joined in a unanimous vote of state legislators and governors' representatives on the Southern States Energy Board today to endorse and urge Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

The Regulation Freedom Amendment, now endorsed by more than 500 legislators, 4 Governors, the American Farm Bureau, the National Taxpayers Union and the General Counsel of the RNC, would require that major new federal regulations be approved by Congress.

As Eddie Jo Williams the immediate past Majority Leader of the Arkansas Senate who sponsored the Resolution with Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said:

"If you've had enough, raise your hand."

The Southern States Energy Board, established by an interstate state compact, is composed of legislators and representatives of Governors from the Southern States and two territories.

The only objections voiced were from the Virgin Islands which voted no and Puerto Rico which abstained.

The text of the Regulation Freedom Amendment as specified in Resolutions by 15 state legislative Chambers is:

"Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation."

In much the same way that states helped force Congress to propose the Bill of Rights support from 2/3 of the states for the Regulation Freedom Amendment could help force Congress to propose it.

A network of grassroots community and business leaders is working to educate state legislators and Members of Congress about their potential to work together to break the deadlock in Washington and curb the authority of federal regulators.

For more information contact:

Roman Buhler
The Madison Coalition
202 255 5000