Rep. Harrelson went on to object that the resolution’s hostile tone indicates that the state would take action if the federal government ignores it. “What exactly are we giving notice for?” he asked.
Arkansas spared itself yet another national embarrassment this morning as the House State Agencies Committee rejected a resolution saying that Arkansas is a sovereign entity, dammit, and the federal government better lay the hell off. As usual in this committee, the vote was split mainly along partisan lines, with 8 for and 10 against.
Supporters of the resolution said it was in defense of the 10th Amendment, which reserves certain powers not given to the federal government to the states. Yet the resolution did not indicate any specific violations; it opined only that certain mandates and proposals from the current administration may be in breach of the Constitution.
Rep. Steve Harrelson spoke most effectively against the bill. “I really don’t want my name going on a resolution to Mike Ross telling the federal government to cease and desist. If I want to tell him that I’ll call him on the phone and tell him myself. Can we tone down the cavalier language?”