A special presentation on state sovereignty will be given Tuesday, Jan. 18 by newly-elected District 47 Republican State Rep. Ken Ivory. Ivory has authored a new book entitled “Where’s the Line? An Investigation Into the Rights, Powers and Duties of State Legislatures.” He will speak at 7 p.m. at New Dawn Technologies, 843 South 100 West, just west of Crystal Inn in Logan.Michelle King, who is among the Cache Valley citizens who arranged the meeting, says state sovereignty is going to play an important role in the upcoming session of the Utah Legislature.”We’re still concerned about Obamacare and a lot of people are concerned about this food safety modernization act that has passed,” King says. “There are several other things that passed during the lame duck session that people are concerned about. “There is a lot of talk about proposals for bills to continue assert Utah’s sovereignty and drawing the line between the role of the federal government and the role of the state government.” King says local lawmakers have been invited to the presentation and three have accepted the invitation: Rep. Jack Draxler, R-District 3, Rep. David Butterfield, R-District 4, and Rep. Curt Webb, R-District 5. State Senators Lyle Hillyard and Peter Knudson have also been invited.A new poll is giving Congress high marks for the work it got done during the so-called lame duck session. Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass several bills, including one that extends tax cuts, extends unemployment compensation and approval of the “START” treaty.King, a member of the Cache Valley Tea Party Coalition, says she is concerned about some of the actions approved during the session, including the aforementioned Food Modernization and Safety Act.”They’re claiming they’re trying to make the food more safe so that you don’t have more spinach outbreaks,” King exclaims. “What it really does is create more bureaucracy and paper work for smaller growers and companies who typically are not the ones who have the illness outbreaks. “It would affect our farmers markets and our small local farms. Then the big industrial farms, who usually are the ones who have the problems with E. coli and that, are the ones that can afford to do it.”King says the bill would put the local food supply at a disadvantage and would hurt not only the economy but also the ability of people to get the foods they want locally.King says she has mixed feelings about the tax cuts because a lot of additional spending and earmarks were also approved. She says the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care bill is a top priority for the Tea Party movement.
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