[chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Brandon Smith (R)] said he got the idea for the resolution after hearing about “sanctuary cities” that declare themselves exempt from federal immigration law.
“We’re doing it to raise awareness of the fact that the federal government is overreaching into parts of our economy and it’s having a negative impact on Kentucky,” Smith said.
Second, target environmentalism, or environmental law enforcement:
[T]he Kentucky House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment unanimously approved a bill that seeks to exempt coal mines that sell coal for use in Kentucky from the federal Clean Water Act. That bill, as well as the “sanctuary state” bill, were both introduced as a reaction to stepped-up enforcement of Clean Water Act regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration.