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Tennessee Bill #HJR0104   View details of Bill | Go to Bill Online
HJR0104
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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 104
By Campfield
A RESOLUTION relative to the sovereignty of the State of Tennessee.

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as
follows, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it
to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that
specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and

WHEREAS, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the
federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and

WHEREAS, today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal
government; and

WHEREAS, many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment assures that each sovereign state possesses rights
the federal government may not usurp; and

WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 4 states, "The United States shall guarantee to every
State in this Union a Republican Form of Government," and the Ninth Amendment states that
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or
disparage others retained by the people."; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States,
112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and
regulatory processes of the states; and

WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now
pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution
of the United States; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED
SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE
CONCURRING, that we hereby affirm the sovereignty of the State of Tennessee 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.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that mandates that are beyond the scope of these
constitutionally delegated powers and that all compulsory federal legislation which directs states
to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass
legislation or lose federal funding should be prohibited or repealed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to
the President and the Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker and the Clerk of the
United States House of Representatives, and to each member of Tennessee's Congressional
delegation.

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