Back to 1787?

One thing you can say for sure about state Senator David Rouzer of Johnston County is that the man appears to have a thing for amending the Constitution. Last week, he introduced THREE separate bills calling for constitutional conventions – not state constitutional conventions mind you, but federal constitutional conventions; as in the Big Kahuna – all of the United States coming together to work on the The Big Document. Senator Andrew Brock added his name to two of them.

Senate Bill 634 is entitled “AN ACT APPLYING TO CONGRESS TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES PERMITTING REPEAL OF ANY FEDERAL LAW OR REGULATION BY VOTE OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURES.”

I guess you might call that the modern “nullification” law.

Senate Bill 637 is entitled “AN ACT APPLYING TO CONGRESS TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW THAT APPLIES TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES THAT DOES NOT APPLY EQUALLY TO THE SENATORS OR REPRESENTATIVES AND CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW THAT APPLIES TO THE SENATORS OR REPRESENTATIVES THAT DOES NOT APPLY EQUALLY TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.”

Well. That’s one way to raise everyone’s salary.

Then, there was this one (Senate Bill 680): “AN ACT APPLYING TO CONGRESS TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO PRESERVE THE ENERGY SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY BY INCREASING DOMESTIC HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION BY DIRECTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OPEN UP ALL FEDERAL ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE LANDS FOR ENERGY EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION IF GEOLOGICAL SURVEY DATA INDICATES THE POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF ECONOMICALLY RECOVERABLE HYDROCARBON RESOURCES.”

Maybe we can call that the Exxon/BP amendment.
 


One Comment

  1. JeffS

    April 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Most of Mr Rouzer’s sponsored bills appear to have been handed to him from one industry lobbyist or another.

    The others make him appear to be somewhat of a nut. I wonder if he has chosen to decline the benefits his office affords to him, but not the rest of us?

    Equality for legislators, but not police? SB664 would require “just cause” to fire a police officer. What about the rest of us David? Will we get equal protection? I’ll even write the bill for you. Just let me know who to make the check out to.