TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The new chief of the nation's governors called today for a major push to reverse "a drastic over-centralization of power in Washington," possibly including a constitutional amendment to strengthen states' rights.
New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, a Republican elevated to chairman of the National Governors Assn. at the conclusion of a four-day annual meeting, immediately decried what he said was an erosion of authority of the states.
Sununu said he would make the federalism issue his agenda for his one-year term as chairman and was naming a task force to consider whether the governors should propose laws to change the balance of power "or even suggestions for a federal constitutional amendment."
He said one possible change would be an amendment to allow actions by two-thirds of the states to overrule federal law, or another strengthening state authority in the 10th Amendment, which grants to the states those powers not apportioned elsewhere in the Constitution.