From: Concerned Citizens Letter
To: utahleg, Johnny Anderson, Roger Barrus, Melvin Brown, Rebecca Houck, LaVar Christensen, Brad Dee, Gage Froerer, Francis Gibson, Keith Grover, Lynn Hemingway, Greg Hughes, Ken Ivory, Rebecca Lockhart, Daniel McCay, Ronda Menlove, Jim Nielson, mnoel, Curtis Oda, Jeremy Peterson, Val Peterson, Dean Sanpei, Curt Webb, Ryan Wilcox, Brad Wilson, Patrice Arent, Stewart Barlow, Jim Bird, Joel Briscoe, Tim Cosgrove, Jack Draxler, Susan Duckworth, Jim Dunnigan, Becky Edwards, Steve Eliason, Janice Fisher, Richard Greenwood, Steve Handy, Eric Hutchings, Don Ipson, Brian King, Brad Last, Kay Mciff, Carol Moss, Lee Perry, Dixon Pitcher, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Paul Ray, Doug Sagers, Jennifer M. Seelig, Lowry Snow, Mark A. Wheatley, Larry Wiley, John G. Mathis, Jacob Anderegg, David Lifferth, Edward Redd, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Craig Hall, Earl Tanner, Keven John Stratton, Richard Cunningham, John Knotwell, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Dana Layton, Jon Stanard, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Jerry Anderson, John Westwood, Jon Cox, Robert Spendlove, darin,
Subject: Support HB 120
Date: Wed Feb 26 17:43:21 MST 2014
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Dear Legislator I encourage you to vote for for HB120 the following reasons: Attorneys like other professionals specialize in different aspects of law and very few focus on the constitution and particularly on the principles of federalism as envisioned by our founders, and yet they are called upon to make legal decisions regularly on matters where the state and local subdivisions collide with the federal agencies. In several situations, a lack of understanding and education in this arena have resulted in stalled and slowed response in matters that are time sensitive and critical. In many instances a lack of understanding of the respective jurisdictions and powers of the States and the Federal government have led recommendations that do not recognize the governing partnership shared by federal and state. If we assume that the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution is the last word in law without questioning where the limits of the Supremacy Clause are, then the concept of limited government is completely banished. "The Federal government has expanded dramatically over the past two centuries, but it still must show that a constitutional grant of power authorized each of it's actions". (Chief Justice John Roberts) Unless the attorney has background in the history and tradition of Federalism, and the state legal team (including counties) can be unified in understanding of states rights, the trajectory of Federal usurpation will continue until the concept of limited powers will be a faint distant memory and this story will not end well. Some have suggested that this is a singling out of a single profession, this may be true but it is no different than other educational standards and employment standards we place on many state, county and municipal employees. Some suggest that this is a matter of the Utah State Bar and only they can set standards for attorneys, I contend this is an educational requirement and is certainly within the right of the state, counties, and municipalities to set these standards. The suggestion that HB 120 is unconstitutional is purely hyperbole. HB120 will provide the needed training to unify the state and counties in defending states rights against continuing Federal intrusion. "The States are separate and independent Sovereigns...Sometimes they have to act like it." (Chief Justice John Roberts) Thank you for supporting HB120 -- Blake Cozzens blake.cozzens@gmail.com