Intrastate Commerce Act Advancing in Florida

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Written by: Jamie Davis

The Florida Tenth Amendment Center and Florida Campaign for Liberty are pleased to announce that the Intrastate Commerce Act has secured a sponsor in the Senate and was filed on March 1, 2011 by Senator Greg Evers. The legislation will help Florida adhere to the separation of powers called for under the Tenth Amendment of the US constitution and will prevent the Federal Government from regulating Intrastate Commerce where a good or service is provided by Floridians to Floridians.

SB1478 has many advantages. Unlike various firearm freedom act and food freedom protection acts, the intrastate commerce act covers every item manufactured and used inside a sovereign state. And unlike the non-binding memorial currently being considered in the Florida House, SB1478 has the force of law and includes the ability to enforce penalties against Federal Agents who harass Florida businesses.

Recently Federal Judge in NW Florida ruled that the Federal Government had over-stepped its authority in forcing citizens of the states to purchase health insurance. Greg Evers has this to say about the ruling:

“Today’s ruling reaffirms what most people already knew; the federal health care law was an unconstitutional infringement on the freedom of individuals to make their own health care decisions. I applaud Judge Vinson for protecting Northwest Floridians from this overreaching federal mandate. Judge Vinson’s decision is a victory for the US Constitution in his wise recognition that it is alive and well as a boundary and a limit on Congressional power grabs.”

The US Constitution was designed to ensure that the states would act as a powerful check and balance on Federal power and over-reach. Although many states have in recent decades abdicated their responsibility of nullifying unconstitutional laws, this does not weaken the spirit of the Tenth Amendment or its force of law. It is a relevant, powerful, and timely tool for puhsing back on Federal over-reach.

“The several states who formed that instrument, being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infraction, and that a NULLIFICATION by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts done under color of that instrument, is the rightful remedy.”        Thomas Jefferson

The Florida Tenth Amendment Center (FLTAC) and the Florida Campaign for Liberty (FLC4L) encourage Floridians to call or email Greg Evers and thank him sponsoring SB1478.  We also encourage you to call Scott Plakon, Chairman of the House Sub Committee, and let him know you would appreciate his help in identifying a house sponsor for SB1478. Mr. Plakon can be reached at (850) 488-2231.

Jamie Davis is the chapter coordinator for the Jacksonville/First Coast Tenth Amendment Center

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One Response to “Intrastate Commerce Act Advancing in Florida”

  1. Paul Henry says:

    Another great bill. It can also be applied to the REAL ID drivers license law, since the licenses are sold and issued in Florida. I'm so tired of hearing some federal bureaucrat or entrenched member of congress say "It's interstate commerce" trying to justify the constitutionality of some new bill or law. This justification was attempted by the author of the REAL ID law, Brian Zimmer. It has been countered here: