Portage County Board adopts pared-down constitutional ‘sanctuary’ resolution after finger-pointing during Tuesday’s meeting

Portage County Board adopts pared-down constitutional 'sanctuary' resolution after finger-pointing during Tuesday's meeting

STEVENS POINT – A debate over what started as a proposal to make Portage County a Second Amendment "sanctuary" devolved Tuesday into board members trading barbs about patriotism and yelling at one another. Board member Scott Soik, of Linwood, originally proposed making the county a "sanctuary" for the U.S. Constitution, with special attention to the Second Amendment. Fellow board member Vincent Miresse, of Stevens Point, then revised the proposal two weeks ago to eliminate references to sanctuaries and the Second Amendment. The board passed the revised resolution 17-6-1 during its regular meeting Tuesday, with Ray Reser abstaining from the vote. Miresse voted for the stripped-down resolution but remained critical. "It is a trojan horse dressed in the stars and stripes," Miresse said. "It will label anyone voting against this as unpatriotic." The resolution pledges to uphold the Constitution and opposes any legislation that infringes on the rights of citizens. Second Amendment "sanctuary" measures enacted in more than a dozen Wisconsin counties, including nearby Wood County in December, declare the county’s opposition to gun control proposals and the possible willingness to ignore such laws altogether. "This is not a resolution for the Second Amendment," Soik said. "This is a resolution for the Constitution." Become a subscriber and get exclusive content Download our apps for your phone Check out photos from Stevens Point on our Instagram page Be part of our community on Facebook We’re on YouTube. Subscribe to our page Still, Miresse and others, such as board member Dennis Raabe, […]

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