Friday, March 15, 2013

Utah restricts feds from enforcing local laws

The Utah Senate has approved a bill barring certain federal officers from enforcing local laws, such as a traffic violation. The Senate approved the bill in a 23-4 vote Wednesday. The bill from Kanab Republican Rep. Michael Noel says law enforcement officers with agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service cannot enforce local laws unless there's an emergency. Noel says federal officials pulling someone over for an infraction such as speeding are a violating Utah's state sovereignty. He also says many of the federal officers are not trained to enforce those laws. Officers that attempt to enforce state or local laws would be charged with a misdemeanor count of impersonating a peace officer. The bill is now on its way to the governor. AP

Utah actually believes they are a State, not a subdivision of the federal government.  How refreshing.

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