State Legislators Issue Joint Announcement on State Sovereignty

On May 5, 2009, fourteen influential Senators and Representatives from eight states recently organized and made a Joint Announcement of passage of their respective states’ rights resolutions. The Announcement invites governors and state representatives throughout the nation to join them in furthering the states’ rights movement on a coordinated, multi-state level of participation.

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Tennessee Senate Affirms Sovereignty under the 10th Amendment

On May 4th, the Tennessee State Senate voted unanimously in support of Senate Joint Resolution 311 (31 yay – 0 nay). The resolution, sponsored by Senator Randy McNally, is designed to send Congress a message that the federal government has overstepped its Constitutional bounds by mandating a massive amount of federal policies upon the states in violation of the 10th Amendment.

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New Oklahoma Sovereignty Resolution

In response to Governor Henry’s veto of House Joint Resolution 1003, Oklahoma State Rep. Charles Key has reintroduced the resolution as House Concurrent Resolution 1028. Passage in both the House and Senate on a concurrent resolution will not require signature from the governor.

HCR1028 is “A Concurrent Resolution claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates; providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed; and directing distribution.”

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Principle of states’ rights is neither new nor ‘radical’

As a country governed by a written Constitution, the right to keep government in check is vested in “we the people.” That means that we, the people of this country, cannot be forced to accept an oppressive and intrusive federal government. Under Senate Resolution 632, the Georgia Senate expressed bipartisan support for the principles of Jeffersonian democracy.

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The Constitution: A Radical Cause?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is at it again. Recently, an editorial by Jay Bookman, Georgia Senate endorses radical idea, was published in response to the state senate passing SR 632. Bookman’s commentary is full of slander, not only of the resolution, but of our senate itself. In short, he equates this resolution to nearly firing on Fort Sumter!

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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