Representative Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman)
(KCPW News) A group of conservative state lawmakers is sponsoring several states’ rights bills this legislative session, trying to send a message to the federal government: back off. Republican Representative Carl Wimmer, who founded the Patrick Henry Caucus, is sponsoring a bill that would prevent state agencies from implementing federal healthcare reform without approval from the legislature.
“It will be prohibited and is against the law for the state of Utah to implement any portion of the federal healthcare act,” he said to a roar of applause. “Some people have accused us of intentionally picking a fight, and I’d say no, we’re just fighting back.”
Other bills on the group’s agenda include a non-binding resolution recognizing state sovereignty, and a bill that would supposedly set up a process to take away land managed by the federal government within Utah’s borders and give it to the state.
At a press conference today, Wimmer praised that effort, and later invoked the words of Dr. Martin Luther King.
“He said these words, and I want you to think about how they apply today,” said Wimmer. “He said, ‘freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor, it must be demanded and taken by the oppressed, and that’s what we’re going to be doing this year, my friends.”
Representative Wimmer has acknowledged his anti-federal healthcare reform bill may lead to a legal challenge in court.