By Julie Wiessner
Senate Current Resolution (SCR) 1016, A proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution, will be placed on the November 2014 ballot in an effort to stop unconstitutional action by the federal government.
Arizona voters will decide if personnel and financial resources of the state can be used by the feds to enforce any measure, mandate or regulation the federal government deems necessary.
In other words, if the federal government says all states must enforce the U.S. Forest Service’s request to keep off-road vehicles from driving on forestland to preserve the eco-system, it will have to use its own resources to enforce the request instead of requiring the states to use theirs.
The amendment was sponsored by Senators Chester Crandell, R-Heber, Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, Al Melvin, R-Tucson, and Representative Brenda Barton, R-Payson, at the request of Jack Beltis, a Valley businessman who tried to get the amendment on the 2012 election cycle, but ran out of time to collect enough signatures.
According to Crandell, “Beltis wants to help stop the encroachment of the federal government into the state.
“With all of these regulations coming down from the federal government, we do not want to use the state’s money to enforce their regulations. They can use federal money, since the regulations are coming from the federal government.”
One example is the Brady Bill, passed in 1993. It noted that each county sheriff would have to do all of the background checks for the purchasing of guns, including providing the personnel and financial resources to process the background checks.
Crandell relayed, “This is when Sheriff Richard Mack of Graham County filed a lawsuit, and, with a half a dozen other sheriffs across the nation, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the sheriffs.”
The group that was formed by Mack as a result of the lawsuit is called The Constitutional Peace Officers Association, which seeks to unite all public servants and sheriffs to uphold, defend, protect, preserve and obey the U.S. Constitution.
“The proposition has passed through both the senate and the house, and has been sent to the secretary of state, who will come up with a ballot number and the wording for the proposition,” Crandell concluded.
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By Julie Wiessner