The Idaho House passed three joint memorials Monday encouraging the federal government to stay out of the state’s business.
House Joint Memorial 5 urges Congress to oppose federal legislation that interferes with a state’s ability to direct or process horses. It passed on a voice vote.
House Joint Memorial 6 opposed any proposed federal legislation similar to the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007 and urged Congress not to enact any similar legislation. It passed on a voice vote.
Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, said that act gave the feds control over every body of water in the state, including potholes. Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg, said citizens could be fined for a muddy puddle in their garden.
House Joint Memorial 4 claimed the state’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. It passed 51-17.
“This is a sovereign state and we want to govern ourselves,” said Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries.
Said Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett, R-Challis: “We need to be reminded and we need to remind the federal government that we have a constitution, we have a Tenth Amendment and we are a sovereign state and we need to act like one.”
Joint memorials are non-binding.