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Particiaption "By the people"

February 10, 2011
By State Rep. Lance Horbach
What a difference a year makes….I can’t tell you how proud I am of the people of Iowa, especially the people of Grundy and Tama Counties!

The level of participation by “the people” in impacting our government reached a level unseen by me in my 13 years as an Iowa legislator. In comes as a bitter sweet moment, because you have me more excited about reforming government than I’ve ever been.

Yet, this excitement comes at the end of my political career, as I’ve notified the legislature that I will not seek another election.

I want to promise you that I will be ANYTHING BUT a typical legislator who’s reached the point of retirement, floating along during their last two sessions.

I am more involved than I’ve ever been and as I stated above, I couldn’t be more inspired by the actions of those in my district.

Just as the people of Iowa stood strong when they believed that the Iowa Supreme Court overstepped its jurisdiction, I stepped up and ran a bill this week that told President Obama and Congress that Iowa does not appreciate the Federal government impeding upon the rights of Iowa as a state, and its people as individuals.

The President’s healthcare act, whether you like it or not, expands the power of the Federal government to include legislation that would allow the Federal government to determine what products individuals can be FORCED to purchase while living within a sovereign state.

Federal attorneys are suggesting that the Commerce Clause in the Constitution allows for this activity, however the Commerce Clause does not apply to “inactivity” or simply put, it does not apply to people who chose not to purchase certain products or services. The bill I ran said that the Federal government would not be allowed to fine, tax or charge a fee if Iowa citizens chose not to purchase.

It is clearly an encroachment on our state and individual rights.

I agree with my adversaries that this bill is nothing more than a statement. I also agree that the future of the bill I passed out of the Iowa House will be determined by the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, inspired by your actions over the last year, I decided not to sit on my hands and put the future of Iowa’s state rights and your rights as an individual in the hands of the US Supreme Court Justices. I made the boldest statement, and it is the strongest statement that I could make within the powers that have been afforded to me.

I know regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, I’ve done what I can. I’ve joined many of you…and am fighting to protect Iowa’s state’s rights and the rights YOU enjoy as a citizen of the sovereign State of Iowa.

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State Representative Lance Horbach



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