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Idaho House to feds: back off a bit

BOISE, Idaho. - The Idaho House has voted 51-17 to tell the federal government to respect the state's sovereign rights.

Rep. Dick Harwood, a St. Maries Republican, told the House Monday that the federal government is overstepping its role and Idaho's sovereignty with mandated programs like No Child Left Behind, the education reform legislation promoted by former President Bush.

State sovereignty is outlined in the U.S. Constitution's 10th Amendment, which says powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states.

Harwood says the country is not designed to be under the direction of one overarching government.

Coeur d'Alene Rep. George Sayler, a Democrat, says the memorial is just an effort to continue a 200-year-old sovereignty battle over power.

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