These non-binding resolutions, often called “state sovereignty resolutions” do not carry the force of law. Instead, they are intended to be a statement of the legislature of the state. They play an important role, however.

If you owned an apartment building and had a tenant not paying rent, you wouldn’t show up with an empty truck to kick them out without first serving notice. That’s how we view these Resolutions – as serving “notice and demand” to the Federal Government to “cease and desist any and all activities outside the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers.” Follow-up, of course, is a must.

CLICK HERE – to view the Tenth Amendment Center’s model 10th Amendment Resolution

Legend: Blue – Introduced. Yellow – Passed one or more houses.
Green – Passed Both Houses. Red – Signed by Governor. Purple/Black – Failed Vote.

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111 thoughts on “10th Amendment Resolutions

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  2. Peter

    What are you talking about Jerry?

  3. Ronald L. Burcham

    It is time for the States to put teeth into their role as part of the "checks and balances" scheme of the Founders. The checks and balances designed by the writers of the Constitution left out the most important element—-enforcement. The Founders mistake was to essentially leave the checks and balances to the consciences of future generations of politicians. Fortune telling was not in their bag of editorial tricks.They could not foresee the rise of political parties having their own agendas for the future of the country and the structure of its government.

    A constitutional commission will return the oversight of all of the functions of the federal government to where it belongs, the States. The Constitution was written by delegates sent by the States acting as agents of those States. It was ratified by the States. It is reasonable for the People to delegate the authority in the amendment to the States. Bear in mind that this is a commission as opposed to a convention. A convention would be able to re-write the Constitution while a commission cannot.

    PLEASE SEE TO IT THAT A COPY OT THE AMENDMENT FINDS ITS WAY TO YOUR GOVERNOR, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND WHATEVER LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES YOU MAY THINK NECESSARY.

    Some excerpts of interest:

    Section 1. "The Constitutional Commission shall settle questions presented by the several states concerning the constitutionality of measures or actions taken by the government of the United States."

    Section 6. "No Commissioner shall receive compensation for his services out of the Treasury of the United States…"

    Section 7. "…The act or measure of the national government shall be void and no force if three-fourths of the Commissioners present vote against its constitutionality."

    Constitutional Commission Amendment

    Section 1. The Constitutional Commission shall settle questions presented by the several states concerning the constitutionality of measures or actions taken by the government of the United States.

    Section 2. The Constitutional Commission shall be composed of one Commissioner from each state, elected every second year by the people thereof from two candidates chosen by the state legislature, and the electors chosen by the state legislature, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for the electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature; each Commissioner shall have one vote.

    Section 3. No person except a natural born citizen shall be eligible for the office of Commissioner; nor shall any person be eligible for the office who shall not have attained the age of 35 years, and been 14 years a resident within the United States, and been nine years a resident of that state for which he shall be chosen. No person shall be elected to the office of Commissioner more than four times.

    Section 4. When vacancies happen by resignation, or otherwise, during the recess in the legislature of any state, the executive thereof may make temporary appointments until the next meeting of the legislature, which shall choose two candidates to present to the people to fill the vacancy.

    Section 5. The Constitutional Commission shall assemble it least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the third day in January, unless it shall appoint a different day. The Constitutional Commission shall choose its Chairman and other officers. The Commission shall be the judge of the election returns and qualifications of its own members, and three-fourths of the Commissioners shall constitute a quorum to do business. The Commission may determine the rules of its proceedings. The commission shall keep a journal of the proceedings, and from time to time publish the same.

    Section 6. No Commissioner shall receive compensation for his services out of the Treasury of the United States. No Commissioner shall, during his time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States.

    Section 7. Whenever the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission shall receive petitions from one-fifth of the legislatures of the several states requesting a ruling on the constitutionality of a specific measure or action of the government of the United States, the Commission shall convene. The act or measure of the national government shall be void and no force if three-fourths of the Commissioners present vote against its constitutionality.

    Section 8. The Constitutional Commission shall not sit as a Convention as prescribed in Article V of the Constitution of the United States.

    From the book:
    Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy
    By William J. Watkins, Jr.
    An Independent Institute Book
    Published by Palgrave McMillan

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