Lawmakers gave approval this week to legislation meant to protect Missourians against potential overreach by the federal government. The bill would establish the Joint Committee on Federal Government Oversight.
The committee, which would be made up of five state representatives and five state senators, would review any executive orders issued by the President of the United States. It would then make recommendations to the Attorney General and the Governor whether further examination is needed to determine the constitutionality of the executive orders, or whether the state should seek an exemption from the application of the orders.
The bill’s sponsor said, “I don’t think any one person with one pen should have the authority to create the law for the land. I think it is incumbent upon every state to take a look at executive orders and to make sure it is in the best interests of our citizens.”
The bill also states that all state agencies and political subdivisions are prohibited from implementing an executive order that restricts a person’s constitutional rights or that is determined by the Attorney General to be unconstitutional if the order relates to specified types of regulation.
One supporter of the bill said the legislation is “a very simple way of keeping the General Assembly apprised of executive orders and things that may not be consistent with the spirit and the letter of our Constitution.”
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.As always, it is an honor to serve you.
Representative Allen Andrews, District 1, Majority Whip, Missouri State Capitol, Room 302-1, 201 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101; Telephone: 573-751-9465; Allen.Andrews@house.mo.gov
Allen Andrews is the First District State Representative.