State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
I am the co-sponsor of Senate Resolution 6 (SR 6) that reaffirms Wisconsin’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. SR 6 reads in part:
“Whereas, the legislature has forwarded to the numerous resolutions opposing federal encroachment on state powers but has received no response or result from Congress or the federal government; and
Whereas, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
Whereas, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992) that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and
Whereas, a number of federal proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from
administration and from Congress may further violate the U.S. Constitution; now, therefore, be it Resolved by , That the senate hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution; and, be it further
Resolved, That this resolution shall serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers.”
Read SR 6.
The timing of SR 6 is necessitated by the federal government’s blatant encroachment into state affairs that must be curtailed and the need to send a strong message to Washington.
Columnist Ben Shapiro has noticed the trend of eroding state’s rights. Shapiro writes:
“The federal government took control of abortion policy. It took control of tax policy, blaming the states for ‘regressive’ laissez-faire doctrine. It took control of education and health care. And states, eager for federal cash, largely acceded in the shift toward federal power. Now states are surprised to find that their ability to resist federal directives has been all but extinguished.“
Shapiro recommends that states refuse stimulus money because, “If they do not, federal government will, once and for all, become a government of unlimited powers. And the laboratories of democracy will be closed down once and for all in the name of nationalized leftism.”
You can read Shapiro’s column here.