Below are all 7 of the proposed amendments to our Texas Constitution which will be on the Nov. 7, 2017 Texas ballot.
Here’s an explanation of the 7 proposals and their application to the 3-question-test on constitutionality. [3-question-test can be found here: http://ntcl.org/2013/10/13/all-laws-must-pass-the-constitutional-test/ ] Continue reading “7 Proposed Amendments to the Texas Constitution – Put Through the Test”
In what is a growing movement of state interposition against federal judicial tyranny, the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore today issued an order directing probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals. The order states:
IT IS ORDERED AND DIRECTED THAT:
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Here is a taxpayer’s view of the intended and unintended consequences of the efforts of our noble Austin legislators.
First, one must read the proposed legislation because the brief explanatory statement of the nature of each proposed amendment listed on the ballot is not even close to addressing what is in the amendment. If a proposed amendment has enabling legislation (many do), the details of the amendment with taxing authority, penalties for violations, and other changes/additions to other state statutes may be found there. In short, you have to read the amendment/enabling bill to find out what’s in it and often times we have to pass the amendment/bill to find out what’s in it. On some of the proposed amendments, the enabling legislation is silent (deficient) in certain areas. Where there is silence in the enabling legislation, once the amendment is passed then it may be up to the courts to decide the intent of the author(s) of the amendment or enabling legislation. This is unfortunate but true.
Second, one should understand the Purpose and Consequences of laws.
Third, one should put each proposed amendment to the 3 question test of “constitutionality”. Continue reading “9 Proposed Amendments – Put Through the Constitutional Test”
All legislative matters, the conduct and actions of government officials, and the enforced ordinances and laws which restrict human activity, should pass the three question test:
1.) Is it “constitutional”?
(Supports the constitutional republic)
2.) Is there a need?
(Do all the People have a need for and benefit from the proposed government intervention?)
(Can the People afford it? Is the cost equal and uniform?)
Continue reading “All Laws Must Pass the Constitutional Test”