Citizens United resolution passed

TRENTON – The Assembly passed resolution AR86 which expresses strong opposition to the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

The largely party line vote was 50-22, with six abstentions, with most of the Democrats voting yes and most Republicans either voting no or abstaining.

The resolution calls upon Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to provide that, with regard to corporation campaign spending, a person means only a natural person for First Amendment protection of free speech.

The issue involves a 2010 decision that held that the First Amendment basically prevented the government from restricting political spending by corporations.

Citizens United resolution passed