States say feds whittle into their rights

April 7, 2006 at 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Officials from U.S. states issued a report claiming the federal government has been pre-empting states rights through a series of laws and regulations.

State officials at a Washington news conference Thursday released a report called "Pre-emption Monitor" that said 72 measures being considering by the U.S. Congress would cut into state authority. Those bills include identify cards, the environment, tort reform and immigration.

The officials were attending a National Conference of State Legislatures.

"Our federal system of government was designed so that each state could address the needs of its own people. These blanket solutions to multi-faceted problems just don't work," Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said in the release.

NCSL said an example of how federal regulation hurt state coffers is a rule from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration exempting car manufacturers from lawsuits from states that demand higher standards than federal ones. That change will cost states some $60 million a year.

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