Kansas House committee takes up resolution regarding state sovereignty

A Kansas House committee has heard testimony on a states’ rights resolution that supporters say is intended to preserve individual liberties.

The nonbinding resolution declares that Kansas is claiming its sovereignty under the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment. The 10th Amendment says powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved for states.

The resolution demands the repeal of federal laws compelling states to take certain actions or lose federal funds.

The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday on the resolution, which has already passed the state Senate.