by Jan Goehring
At least ten states have filed bills or resolutions asserting state sovereignty under the 10th amendment, according to the Tenth Amendment Center web site. The measures in Arizona (HCR 2024 and SCR 1038), Georgia (HR280), Montana (HB246), Michigan (HCR 4), Missouri (HR 212), New Hampshire (HCR 6), Oklahoma (HJR 1003), South Carolina (H 3509), Texas (HCR 50) and Washington (HJM 4009) generally ask the federal government to stay out of state business and end certain mandates. More states may follow.
Some states addressed specific issues. Montana's bill, the Firearms Freedom Act, seeks to exempt Montana-made firearms from the commerce clause based on 10th Amendment authority. The Missouri resolution declares the state's sovereignty under the 10th amendment and urges Congress to reject the Freedom of Choice Act that deals with abortion regulations.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring, that:
1. That the State of Arizona hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.
2. That this Resolution serves as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.
3. That all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.
4. That the Secretary of State of the State of Arizona transmit copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate of each state's legislature and each Member of Congress from the State of Arizona.
Is this a movement that is gaining traction? It's easy to introduce resolutions. Will they pass?