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Texas Bill #HCR 50   View text of Bill | Go to Bill Online
Bill Name:House Resolution 50
Type:State Sovereignty
Requested Patriot Action:
Committees: Referred to State Affairs 02/23/2009 392
Passed State Affairs Committee
Sponsors: Sponsored by Representatives:






Creighton (512) 463-0726,(936) 539-0028
Hughes (512) 463-0271,(903) 935-1141
Berman (512) 463-0584,(903) 939-2400
Gattis (512) 463-0309,(512) 863-5697
Guillen (512) 463-0416,(956) 716-4838


Cosponsored by Representatives:
Anderson
Aycock
Bohac
Bonnen
Branch
Betty Brown
Fred Brown
Button
Callegari
Chisum
Christian
Cook
Frank Corte
Crabb
Craddick
Crownover
Darby
John Davis
Driver
Eissler
Elkins
Farabee
Fletcher
Flynn
Geren
Hamilton
Hancock
Hardcastle
Harless
Brown Harper
Hartnett
Hilderbran
Hopson
Charlie Howard
Hunter
Jim Jackson
Jones
Keffer
Phil King
Susan King
Tracy O. King
Kleinschmidt
Kolkhorst
Kuempel
Laubenberg
Legler
Lewis
Lucio III
Madden
McReynolds
Merritt
Doug Miller
Sid Miller
Morrison
Orr
Otto
Parker
Patrick
Paxton
Pena
Phillips
Riddle
Sheffield
Shelton
Wayne Smith
Smithee
Swinford
Taylor
Truitt
Weber
Zerwas
Session Schedule: No Even Year Sessions

January 2011 - July 2011
Similar Bills in other states: 
Date Introduced: 2/17/2009
Enacted:
Status:Passed House
Passed House committee:Y
Passed Senate committee:
Passed Senate:
Passed House:Y
Link to Bill history: Go to Bill history
Bill History:
Bill: HCR 50
Legislative Session: 81(R) Council Document: 81R 5789 MMS-F Add to Bill List

Last Action: 05/31/2009 S Received from the House

Caption Version: Introduced
Caption Text: Affirming 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government to cease and desist certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.

Author: Creighton | Hughes | Berman | Gattis | Guillen

Coauthor: Anderson | Aycock | Bohac | Bonnen | Branch | Brown, Betty | Brown, Fred | Button | Callegari | Chisum | Christian | Cook | Corte, Frank | Crabb | Craddick | Crownover | Darby | Davis, John | Driver | Eissler | Elkins | Farabee | Fletcher | Flynn | Geren | Hamilton | Hancock | Hardcastle | Harless | Harper-Brown | Hartnett | Hilderbran | Hopson | Howard, Charlie | Hunter | Jackson, Jim | Jones | Keffer | King, Phil | King, Susan | King, Tracy O. | Kleinschmidt | Kolkhorst | Kuempel | Laubenberg | Legler | Lewis | Lucio III | Madden | McReynolds | Merritt | Miller, Doug | Miller, Sid | Morrison | Orr | Otto | Parker | Patrick | Paxton | Pena | Phillips | Riddle | Sheffield | Shelton | Smith, Wayne | Smithee | Swinford | Taylor | Truitt | Weber | Zerwas

Subjects: Intergovernmental Relations (I0447)
Resolutions--Legislative Policy (I0685)
Resolutions--Memorializing Congress (I0675)
STATES' RIGHTS (S0693)


House Committee: State Affairs

Status: Out of committee

Vote: Ayes=10 Nays=5 Present Not Voting=0 Absent=0

Actions: (descending date order)
Viewing Votes: Most Recent House Vote

Description Comment Date Time Journal Page
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S Received from the House 05/31/2009 4983

H Reported engrossed 05/30/2009 09:15 PM 6903
H Statement(s) of vote recorded in Journal 05/30/2009 6006
H Record vote RV#1544 05/30/2009 6005

H Adopted as amended 05/30/2009 6005

H Amended 3-Veasey 05/30/2009 6005
H Amended 2-Dunnam 05/30/2009 6004
H Amended 1-Coleman 05/30/2009 6004

H Laid before the House 05/30/2009 6004

H Placed on Resolutions Calendar 05/23/2009
H Considered in Calendars 05/21/2009
H Committee report sent to Calendars 05/20/2009
H Committee report printed and distributed Recommitted 05/20/2009 04:45 PM
H Comte report filed with Committee Coordinator 05/20/2009 4315

H Reported favorably w/o amendment(s) 05/20/2009

H Considered in formal meeting 05/20/2009
H Returned to committee 05/19/2009 4054
H Point of order sustained Rule 4, Section 18 05/19/2009 4054
H Laid before the House 05/19/2009 4054
H Placed on Resolutions Calendar 05/11/2009
H Considered in Calendars 05/08/2009
H Committee report sent to Calendars 04/27/2009
H Committee report printed and distributed 04/24/2009 11:47 PM
H Comte report filed with Committee Coordinator 04/24/2009 1929

H Reported favorably w/o amendment(s) 04/23/2009

H Considered in formal meeting 04/23/2009
H Scheduled for formal meeting on . . . 04/23/2009

H Left pending in committee 04/21/2009

H Testimony taken/registration(s) recorded in committee 04/21/2009
H Considered in public hearing 04/21/2009
H Scheduled for public hearing on . . . 04/21/2009

H Referred to State Affairs 02/23/2009 392

H Filed 02/17/2009


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Senate votes:
Federal reply:
State constitution: Texas State Constitution

Preamble
Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS

Sec. 1. FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.

Sec. 2. INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT. All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.

Sec. 3. EQUAL RIGHTS. All free men, when they form a social compact, have equal rights, and no man, or set of men, is entitled to exclusive separate public emoluments, or privileges, but in consideration of public services.

Sec. 3a. EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW. Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed, or national origin. This amendment is self-operative.

Sec. 4. RELIGIOUS TESTS. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.

Sec. 5. WITNESSES NOT DISQUALIFIED BY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS; OATHS AND AFFIRMATIONS. No person shall be disqualified to give evidence in any of the Courts of this State on account of his religious opinions, or for the want of any religious belief, but all oaths or affirmations shall be administered in the mode most binding upon the conscience, and shall be taken subject to the pains and penalties of perjury.

Sec. 6. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship.

Sec. 7. APPROPRIATIONS FOR SECTARIAN PURPOSES. No money shall be appropriated, or drawn from the Treasury for the benefit of any sect, or religious society, theological or religious seminary; nor shall property belonging to the State be appropriated for any such purposes.

Sec. 8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL. Every person shall be at liberty to speak, write or publish his opinions on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that privilege; and no law shall ever be passed curtailing the liberty of speech or of the press. In prosecutions for the publication of papers, investigating the conduct of officers, or men in public capacity, or when the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence. And in all indictments for libels, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.

Sec. 9. SEARCHES AND SEIZURES. The people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions, from all unreasonable seizures or searches, and no warrant to search any place, or to seize any person or thing, shall issue without describing them as near as may be, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.
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Sec. 32. MARRIAGE. (a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.

(b) This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.




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