States’ Rights Update: TX, TN, AZ, NY on 10th; TN Gov Calls Firearm Supporters “Fringe;” MA on Term Limitsby Phil on 06/13/2009
TenthAmendmentCenter.com provides the following 10th Amendment resolution updates; full text of bills can be found at each referenced link.
At the end of May, the Texas State House kept HCR50 alive by a solid majority:
After being nearly derailed on a technicality earlier this month, Texas House Concurrent Resolution 50 (HCR50) was brought back for a vote today, and passed by a wide margin.
The resolution affirms that “the State of Texas 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 U.S. Constitution, serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.”
The final vote was 99-36. (click here to see the tally)
The Tennessee State Senate unanimously voted to pass the House version of their 10th Amendment resolution:
…the Tennessee State Senate unanimously voted to pass, as amended, House Joint Resolution 108 (HJR0108). The resolution “Urges Congress to recognize Tennessee’s sovereignty under the tenth amendment to the Constitution.”
The State House passed the resolution on 05-26-09 by a vote of 85-2.
Tennessee joins Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Oklahoma – as the sixth state to have both their House and Senate pass a resolution in support of the 10th Amendment.
The final vote was 31-0. (h/t Steve Rowland)
Not to be left out, Arizona’s State House had majority support for their resolution, which now goes to the Senate…
…by a vote of 34-24, the Arizona State House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 2024 (HCR2024). HCR 2024 stipulates that “the State of Arizona is hereby expressing the intent to claim sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. ” It will now be transmitted to the Arizona Senate.
While the resolution is non-binding on the Arizona government it takes a strong stand in support of the 10th Amendment and “serves as both a notice and a demand to the federal government to immediately cease and desist mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”
Rounding out news on the 10th Amendment is this site that New York supporters are using to gin up support for their State.
Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the guns-in-parks bill Friday, after a deal to exempt local parks broke down.
In a brief letter to House Speaker Kent Williams, Bredesen encouraged local governments to take advantage of a provision that lets them keep guns out of specific parks.
Separately, the governor told Williams that he intends to let the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act to become law without his signature. That act says that the federal government has no right to regulate guns that are made in Tennessee and never cross state lines.
“This bill is not about firearms,” Bredesen wrote. “It represents a fringe constitutional theory that I believe will be quickly dispensed with by the federal courts.”
The Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act was transmitted to the governor on June 8th. http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1796 It will become law at 12:01 am on June 20th if the governor does not veto it.
Hey, all you hayseed Tennessee 2nd Amendment advocates out there! Your Governor think’s you’re subscribing to a “fringe constitutional theory!” When are you going to wake up and realize that the Constitution doesn’t really mean what it says!
Dag nabit! That darn Constitution keeps getting in the way of progress in this country. If only we, the People would simply sit down, shut up, pay our taxes, and forget about things and just let those who are in authority over us rule us.
On the other hand, Ballot-Access.org posted an entry about how a Massachusetts State Representative has introduced a State constitutional amendment to bring about legislative term limits:
On June 5, Massachusetts Representative Karyn Polito (R-Shrewsbury) introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to provide for legislative term limits. See thisstory. Although Massachusetts has the initiative for changing state laws, proponents of term limits can’t use the initiative, because term limits must be a constitutional amendment and the Massachusetts initiative procedure doesn’t apply to constitutional amendments. Polito’s bill doesn’t have a bill number yet.