More seriously though, flow control and interstate waste are important issues to many states and local governments. However, while I normally agree that we should respect decisions made at the local level, in this case I believe we should carefully examine the actions they have taken. By enacting flow control laws and interstate waste laws state and local government's are interfering with the free market. If their reasons aren't compelling we shouldn't ratify their actions.
The issue of flow control is the most disturbing. In this instance localities can completely subvert the free market process, if they are allowed to pass flow control laws. While I understand that there are financial considerations to flow control, I have yet to be convinced they are compelling enough to pass laws restricting free trade.
Thank you Mr. Chairman, I look forward to today's hearing.