Sandall’s sovereignty bill aims to protect Utah from federal “overreach.”


Sen. Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton, said Wednesday he believes it’s important for the federal government and even the president to be notified if a regulation creates an unnecessary, burdensome and even illegal cordon off for Utah. To jump through.

To this end, he nurtures SP57, Or Utah’s Constitutional Sovereignty Act, which was heard in a Senate committee and brought to the full session for further consideration.

The bill is simple. If a law, rule, regulation, or even a presidential act creates consternation among a lawmaker, he or she can go to the Speaker of the Utah House and the President of the Senate to get their permission to draft a concurrent resolution. Hence, the decision must be approved by a majority of both chambers and must also obtain the approval of the governor.

Sandall told members of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee that the measure would signal to the federal government that Utah would not comply until the issue was settled in the courts.

He pointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ozone transfer rule, which Utah and other states have sued over, as an example. Courts agreed that the rule was problematic, but Sandall said that in the meantime, regulators and industries have spent millions of dollars trying to meet the rule’s requirements.


“This simply creates a process where we can publicly as a Legislature with the concurrent support of the governor, say this has gone too far. This has simply gone too far. In that regard, this bill, in my opinion, has no merit.” “It’s based on the sovereignty of our state, and that the framers of the Constitution intended to balance the state and the federal government,” Sandall said. “And this is the process by which when that balance gets out of control, we as a state can say, ‘No.’” And we’re going to overturn “The scales in this case are the same. This is one case at a time, basically, by resolution. No other state that I know of in the country has tried this approach.”

Jane Brown, president of Utah Citizens for the Constitution, said she can think of many examples in Utah where this law could be helpful, including debt, inflation, educational issues and border security.

“We think it’s appropriate to have this tool to balance the federal government,” Brown said.

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