Utah lawmakers recently approved a resolution calling on Congress to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.
Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote. Before the amendment’s ratification, senators were elected by state legislatures.
The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the state’s lieutenant governor for filing in March, was sponsored by state Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland).
‘A Formal Check’ Todd Zywicki, a professor of law at George Mason University, says the Seventeenth Amendment removed a necessary safeguard against lobbyists and government’s own nature.
“The framers understood that, in order for the states to be protected from federal government overreach it was necessary to give the states a formal check,” Zywicki said. “That check was by allowing the states in their corporate political capacity, the...
A Wisconsin county judge has ruled a state right-to-work law violates labor unions’ legal entitlement to money earned by public workers.
The lawsuit was filed by labor unions looking to overturn Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which was signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in March 2015.
In his April decision, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust, appointed to the court by Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) in 1997, said the state’s prohibition against compulsory membership in labor unions could...
A Missouri county judge overturned a state law passed in 2015 placing restrictions on the proportion of revenue city and county governments can collect from traffic enforcement and capping the total amount of fines and penalties charged to taxpayers for traffic violations.
In April, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled in favor of several city governments in St. Louis County suing the state. Lawyers representing the city governments argued the legislation unfairly targeted their cities...