Legislation to Watch: A message to the feds
An occasional blog feature on intriguing legislative proposals already prefiled by members of the General Assembly for consideration when the legislature convenes Jan. 13.
The main event of this year's session likely will be Virginia's ongoing budget woes, but an interesting sideshow could revolve around the state's relationship with the federal government. The Commonwealth has an active Tea Party movement and many Republicans would like to use their time in Richmond to send some messages to Washington.
Enter Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with HB18. The bill proposes that any good or service that is made or performed in Virginia alone cannot be considered interstate commerce and "shall not be subject to the authority of the Congress of the United States under its constitutional power to regulate commerce."
Many conservatives believe the federal government has used its power to regulate interstate commerce to overstep its bounds. It's hard to know what kind of regulations, exactly, a bill like Cole's might free the state from. But it certainly would send a message about position of the legislature. And that, Cole said, is largely the point.
"With the past several years, the federal government has been getting of control," he said. "I think they've gone way beyond their constitutional bounds. It's time for the states to start pushing back."
December 23, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
Categories: General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman
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