- Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides for the states to call an Amendments Convention when the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority. Amendments to limit the government’s power, including a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, would help to check federal overreach.
- More than 50 percent of territory from Colorado westward is managed by the federal government despite evidence that the states would serve as superior environmental and economic stewards of the land. Western states that petition for control of select federal lands within their borders should receive it as control over the land inside its boundaries is state sovereignty at its most basic. National parks and monuments, military installations, Congressionally-designated wilderness areas and tribal lands would be excluded from transfers.
- Unfunded federal mandates are inconsistent with federalism, which was based on cooperation, not compulsion and the regulations that often accompany unfunded mandates impose obligations on state governments resulting in unsustainable costs and inefficiencies.
Genuine accountability to hardworking taxpayers results when state and local legislators work with members of the community to determine a plan of action that is right for each individual state, city or town. Real solutions to America’s challenges can be found in the states – America’s fifty laboratories of democracy – not in one-size fits all federal government policies that disregard regional differences and local community needs. The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution encapsulates these ideas and serves as the Constitutional linchpin for federalism, one of ALEC’s three guiding principles.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
America has drifted away from our Founding Fathers’ vision and has concentrated more power with national government structures. The amassing of power with the federal government has led to overregulation and redundant bureaucracy hindering economic growth and free markets; a ballooning national debt that threatens U.S. security and federal mismanagement of this nation’s most precious resource – the lands within America’s borders. The solution to restoring the balance between the federal and state and local governments is to return control over matters that more appropriately and constitutionally rest with the states and municipalities back to them. There are some obvious examples of federal overreach where reform is needed.
Model Application under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to Propose an Amendment to Require the Supreme Court of the United States to Be Composed of Nine Justices Final
Section 1. The legislature of [INSERT STATE NAME] hereby makes an application to Congress, as provided by Article V of the Constitution of the United States of America, to call a convention limited to proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to require that the …
Therefore, be it enacted: Section 1. Nothing in this act grants additional emergency powers to the governor or any other official. Section 2. State and local officials may issue nonbinding recommendations and guidelines, and they may help coordinate public and private action to prevent or respond to an emergency. Section …
A Resolution for Government Services to be Compared to Private Sector Services for Federal and State Grant Money Final
Whereas, federal and state grants are a crucial part of funding for public works and community development infrastructure projects and, Whereas, federal and state grants are used to help defray costs to local taxpayers and, Whereas, federal and state grants are still taxpayer money and Whereas, federal and state grant …
Section 1. Preamble: WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed flaws in and weaknesses of the emergency management policies in place in many states in the United States; and WHEREAS, one of the most significant flaws inherent in many state emergency management laws is a reduction of, to the point of …
WHEREAS the framers of the Constitution of the United States sought to create a “more perfect union” of many sovereign states and cede a miniscule amount of their power to a national government that would achieve such an objective; and WHEREAS President Abraham Lincoln opined in 1859, “We the People …
Resolution Urging Negotiation of a Bilateral Free Trade Agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom Final
Whereas, the United Kingdom separated from the European Union on January 31, 2020, thus gaining the right to determine its own trade policies; and Whereas, the United States and the United Kingdom have strong historic, cultural, and economic bonds; and Whereas, the United States and the United Kingdom have an …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daniel Reynolds [email protected] ALEC Scholar Dr. Arthur Laffer Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom Sound economics recognized by the President …
State Legislator Leaders, Members of Congress and Policy Experts To Meet in Nation’s Capital To Discuss an Article V Amendments Convention
State legislators are on Capitol Hill today hosting a panel discussion with Members of Congress and policy experts to explore what an Article V Amendments Convention would look like if states meet the threshold for calling a convention.
ALEC Urges President and Federal Government to Consult with States on Energy Resources and Public Lands
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kaitlyn Buss Phone: 202-742-8526 Email: [email protected] ALEC Urges President and Federal Government to Consult with States on Energy Resources and Public Lands …