Bills Would Limit Federal Power

Date published: 1/18/2010 WRITTEN BY CHELYEN DAVIS

Source: Courtesy of Fredricksburg Free Lance Star

RICHMOND--Last year's "tea parties" and health care town halls gave voice to a groundswell of concerns about federal government spending and encroachment into people's lives.

Now those concerns are finding voice in state legislation aimed at limiting the federal government's power.

Several members of the Virginia House of Delegates, including Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, have submitted bills that aim, in various ways, to restrict federal influence.

Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William, has put in bills to exempt Virginians from federal health care mandates. Cole has a similar bill. He has also introduced legislation to restrict federal oversight of commerce by saying that federal interstate commerce laws and regulations don't apply to goods and services made and sold in Virginia that don't cross state lines.

Cole also has a resolution urging Congress to establish a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.

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