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Real ID Prompts Wyoming Sovereignty Resolution

"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."

by / July 29, 2009

With so-called "sovereignty" resolutions, 28 states have begun efforts to resist federal programs that they say violate the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which states: "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."

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal today announced that state's sovereignty bill, making Wyoming the latest to raise the issue. Freudenthal, in a release, cited the Real ID Act, The Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act as unfunded mandates that usurp the functions and responsibilities of state government.

 

Wayne Hanson Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government