Oklahoma sovereignty measure draws interest

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT, CHRIS CASTEEL and JULIE BISBEE Modified: May 7, 2009 at 8:23 am •  Published: May 7, 2009

/> Key said HCR 1028, if passed, would be sent to President Barack Obama and Congress. It would not jeopardize federal funds but would tell Congress to "get back into their proper constitutional role,” he said. The resolution states the federal government should "cease and desist” mandates that are beyond the scope of its powers.

Key said many laws violate the 10th Amendment, which says powers not delegated to the U.S. government "are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Oklahoma’s mostly Republican congressional delegation also supports the measure.

Don Tatro, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said Coburn "absolutely supports what they’re doing.”

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, the lone Democrat in Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, said the country’s economic situation has warranted a wider reach for Congress.

"I certainly understand the desire to be free of unfunded mandates from the federal government,” said Boren, of Muskogee. "Congress is charged with the duty to regulate commerce among several states for the general welfare of our country. When viewed in this way, I feel there was constitutional justification for Congress’ recent efforts to stabilize our economy.”

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