HCR4 (2017) Detail

Urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom amendment to the United States Constitution.


HCR 4 4 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0504

05/04

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 4

 

A RESOLUTION urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom amendment to the United States Constitution.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10

 

COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill urges Congress to propose adoption of the "regulation freedom" amendment to the United States Constitution which would require a majority vote of the House of Representatives and Senate to adopt a regulation opposed by one quarter of the members of Congress.

 

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17-0504

05/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

A RESOLUTION urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom amendment to the United States Constitution.

 

Whereas, Locke's Second Treatise on Government is recognized as a foundational document upon which American government is designed; and

Whereas, Locke's discourse on legislative power concludes with the nondelegation doctrine stating, "The power of the legislative, being derived from the people by a positive voluntary grant and institution, can be no other than what that positive grant conveyed, which being only to make laws, and not to make legislators, the legislative can have no power to transfer their authority of making laws, and place it in other hands.  The legislative neither must nor can transfer the power of making laws to any body else, or place it any where, but where the people have;" and

Whereas, the growth and abuse of federal regulatory authority threaten our Constitutional liberties, including those guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments of our Constitution; and

Whereas, federal regulators must be more accountable to elected representatives of the people and not immune from such accountability; and

Whereas, the United States House of Representatives has passed with bipartisan support H.R. 427, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, known as the REINS Act, to require that Congress approve major new federal regulations before they can take effect; and

Whereas, even if enacted, a law may be repealed or waived by a future Congress and President; and

Whereas, an amendment to the United States Constitution does not require the President's approval and cannot be waived by a future Congress and President; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the New Hampshire General Court does hereby urge that the United States Congress vote to propose the Regulation Freedom amendment to the United States Constitution as follows:

"Whenever one quarter of the members of the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate transmits to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House of Representatives and the Senate to adopt that regulation."

That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to each member of Congress, and the speaker of the house of representatives, and the president of the senate of every state legislature in the United States.

Links

HCR4 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 19, 2017 House Hearing
Jan. 25, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote
Feb. 16, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HCR4 Revision: 696 Date: Jan. 31, 2017, 8:21 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 4, 2017 Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs HJ 2 P. 23
Jan. 19, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/19/2017 10:30 AM LOB 206
Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Session: 01/25/2017 10:00 AM LOB 206
Feb. 15, 2017 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/15/2017 (Vote 11-7; RC) HC 11 P. 29
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Special Order to 2/16/2017 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 57
Feb. 16, 2017 Ought to Pass: MF DV 151-174 02/16/2017 HJ 8 P. 33
Feb. 16, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/16/2017 HJ 8 P. 33
March 8, 2017 Reconsider HCR 4 (Rep. Sytek): MF RC 163-185 03/08/2017 HJ 9 P. 4