North Dakota the First to Pass New Tactic Against Federal Debt

By Fergus Hodgson
The National Debt Relief Amendment, which would mandate state approval before increases in the federal debt limit, has now passed in North Dakota. At least seven other states have equivalent resolutions either pending or with pledged sponsors, for what would be the first ever state initiated amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

TAGS: Curtis Olafson, Kirk Talbot, National Debt Relief Amendment, Nick Lorusso, North Dakota

Commentary: HB 1474 Would Help Protect Autonomy of States and Individuals

By Jamison Beuerman
As early as today the Louisiana Senate will be voting on Rep. Kirk Talbot’s HB 1474, which would protect our state against the unconstitutional government micromanagement of intrastate commerce and personal choice also known as the individual mandate for health insurance coverage. The timing of Rep. Talbot’s bill could not be better. As reported by...

TAGS: Cato Institute, HB1474, Health Insurance, individual mandate, Kirk Talbot, Michael Cannon, ObamaCare

Commentary: Weak Case for Individual Mandate Highlighted by HB1474 Hearing

By Jamison Beuerman
Last week at the State Capitol, Rep. Kirk Talbot’s HB1474 received a brief hearing in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. While efforts to stall hearing the bill resulted in it being holed up in the back of the agenda, the truncated hearing it received brought to light several points which beg to be addressed....

TAGS: Gonzalez v. Oregon, HB1474, individual mandate, Karen Carter Peterson, Kirk Talbot, ObamaCare