Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This week in embarassing stories from the TN legislature

TN legislative panel acts to rein in U.S. government
By Richard Locker • THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL • October 21, 2009

A legislative committee on Tuesday moved Tennessee to the forefront of efforts by conservatives to reassert "state sovereignty" and rein in the federal government for allegedly usurping its constitutional authority.

Acting on a resolution overwhelmingly approved by the legislature in May, a specially appointed "Committee of Conference and Correspondence" voted to send letters to the other 49 state legislatures inviting them to join Tennessee in a "working group … to enumerate the abuses of authority by the federal government and to seek repeal of its assumption of powers" and mandates it has imposed on states.

Only one other state — Alaska — has adopted a similar "state sovereignty" resolution being pushed nationally by the "tea party" movement and other conservative groups.

"We really are leaders on this," said Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, who sponsored House Joint Resolution 108, which set the events in motion.

Full story from the Memphis Commercial Appeal