New York State Senator James Seward
, a Republican who represents Greene County, is co-sponsoring J4716
, a resolution in the State Senate's Finance Committee to, "Re-Establish our State's Sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment." This Legislative Resolution affirms, "the sovereignty of the of the people of the State of New York pursuant to the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States." The resolution requests, "Congress cease and desist from enacting mandates that are beyond the scope of the enumerated powers granted to Congress by the Constitution of the United States." The legislation also seeks to establish a joint committee on the constitutionality of acts, orders, laws, statutes, regulations and rules of the government of the United States of America in order to protect state sovereignty." The so-called "Tenther
is similar to the pre-Civil War nullification
movement (that grew out of the 1832 dispute between the United States and the state of South Carolina over the latter's attempt to nullify a federal law), and an attempt to make all sorts of programs -- Social Security, Medicare, health care reform, etc. -- unlawful. H/T The Albany Project.