Mississippi lawmakers have voted to approve House and Senate versions of resolutions in support of State Sovereignty.

From the Associated Press report:

Mississippi lawmakers haven’t finished a budget, but they spent hours Thursday debating resolutions to support part of the U.S. Constitution that was long ago ratified and is in no danger of being repealed.

The 10th Amendment says powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved for states.

Supporters said the resolutions make a statement that the federal government is overstepping its authority on a wide range of issues, from regulating businesses to passing a multibillion-dollar stimulus package.

The House adopted its resolution on a vote of 80-30 after two hours of debate – and it was altered to specify that the resolution shouldn’t be interpreted as an official stance against voting rights. The Senate adopted its own resolution, 25-18, after about an hour and a half. The sponsors of the Mississippi resolutions were Republicans or conservative Democrats.

Full text of the amended House resolution to be posted shortly…

UPDATE 05-08-09: From State Rep Steven Palazzo – a “Motion to Reconsider” the House resolution was entered today, and will require another vote to approve.

UPDATE 05-08-09: A “Motion to Reconsider” the Senate resolution was also entered, but tabled by the Senate.  The Resolution will be transmitted to the House.

Michael Boldin

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