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Senator Duane AnkneyThis bizarre resolution urges Congress amend the U.S. Constitution to include a “Regulation Freedom” clause. The clause would say, “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.” The gridlock in Congress would likely result in no regulations every being enacted by the federal government. This would result in tyranny of the minority and completely upend the balance of power between the branches of government.

2 Responses to " A Resolution that Would Cripple Government "

  1. Bob Filipovich says:

    Let’s say Congress passes a law that says coal ash must be isolated from nearby creeks and ground water, and then federal experts write rules which define the terms, use the best applicable science, and then write rules to accomplish Congress’ intent that are actually enforceable. Then a minority of congressmen – who don’t know an ash pit from an outdoor human waste disposal facility with one door but do know that ash pits wipe out profits – could stop the regulation? This is a moon-shot with a slingshot.

  2. […] SJ 6 (Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip) is a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to propose what is known as the “regulation freedom amendment” to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would include a clause saying that whenever one-quarter of the members of the U.S House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate send to the president a declaration in opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it will require a majority vote of both the House and Senate before the regulation can go into effect. Such an amendment to the Constitution would allow a minority of lawmakers to prevent the adoption of complex and important regulations. Only lobbyists for industrial polluters supported the resolution at its hearings. SJ 6 passed the Senate on a 32-17 vote, and the House 56-44. Resolutions are not signed by the governor. […]

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