NH State Sovereignty Resolution Set for Vote in House; Failed, 216-150

by Phil on 03/4/2009

Via TenthAmendmentCenter.com, WCAX-TV/AP reports:

Associated Press – March 4, 2009 9:45 AM ET

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Hundreds of activists gathered outside the Statehouse Wednesday to support a Republican lawmaker’s push for states rights.

The House is scheduled to vote on Rep. Daniel Itse’s resolution asserting state sovereignty, or the right to ignore any federal law or policy that violates the U.S. Constitution. Itse says many policies fit the bill, including the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal stimulus package and any new assault rifle ban.

Itse said lawmakers voting against the resolution should fear for their re-election. His supporters chanted “No King Obama” and held placards. One read “Secession is a Human Right.”

Lawmakers in at least 15 states are sponsoring similar resolutions, most of them nonbinding.

A brief history of New Hampshire’s sovereignty resolution can be found here and here.

Update: WCAX-TV is reporting:

Associated Press – March 4, 2009 11:25 AM ET

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The New Hampshire House killed a resolution affirming state sovereignty on Wednesday, dashing the hopes of conservatives who say the federal government should quit meddling in local affairs.

The House rejected Republican Daniel Itse’s resolution by a vote of 216-150. Itse’s supporters booed from the gallery after the vote, briefly disrupting the session.

The resolution said New Hampshire could ignore any federal laws or policies that violate the Constitution. It was nonbinding, so if passed, it would not have carried the force of law. Itse targets many policies, including the stimulus bill, the No Child Left Behind Act and any new assault rifle ban.

Similar resolutions are pending in at least 15 states. Critics say they’re a misreading of the Constitution.

A current listing of State-based initiatives can be found here.

-Phil

There are 5 comments in this article:

  1. 03/4/2009Estel Powell says:

    I read an article this failed to pass today :( I’ll need to hunt it down and give the link.

  2. 03/4/2009Phil says:

    Estel Powell,

    That is true. I’ll be updating the post shortly.

    -Phil

  3. 03/4/2009Nick says:

    WOW~ The revolt is now on!

  4. 03/4/2009mikethom1 says:

    It looks like we won’t see anything in the national media about this. Hopefully, someone will put some film of today’s events out there on YouTube so we can spread it around the internet and raise the buzz level. People surfing the internet need to see footage of other Americans who are just as upset as we are about the direction the federal government (Democrats and Republicans) is leading us.

  5. 03/7/2009Sooz says:

    Estel, yes it failed…for now. I’ve been assured that this resolution will be retooled, rewritten, and resubmitted.

    This ain’t over!

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