Repeal Amendment Gives Power Back to States

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Lawmakers held a meeting Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. to discuss the idea that the federal government is too big.

Virginia is one of ten states wanting the Repeal Amendment added to the U.S. Constitution.

Many state and local elected officials are backing the potential change.

State Del. Dickie Bell and state Sen. Mark Obenshain are two of the lawmakers who support the amendment.

Bell says the Repeal Amendment will give more "power back to the people" and make federal lawmakers think twice about passing a controversial bill in Washington, D.C.

The Repeal Amendment says when the federal government passes a law, if two-thirds of states vote to repeal it, then they can strike it down.

States would be able to overturn new and old decisions, like the health care reform bill or Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Since state governments will become more powerful, local governments will have more of a say as well.

"Let's give everyone a certain level of autonomy, so that the people are being heard. So that when they come to meetings of local government, come to the capital and want to talk to their state delegates, or write a letter to their senator or their congressman, it's going to be heard. It means there's something behind it that says, 'It's time for you guys to listen,'" says Bell, R-20th District.

The amendment was introduced by a representative from Utah Tuesday, which means Congress will be considering it.

If passed, it heads to the states for ratification.