“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” – The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
As the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states, the Tenth Amendment serves to define federal power as that which is specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States – and no more! The United States Supreme Court even went so far as to rule 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. But lately, the states are increasingly being treated as agents of the federal government, with many federal mandates standing in direct violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
But under HCR:7, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives “hereby claims sovereignty for the State of Missouri 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; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall serve as a 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; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for 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 President of the Senate of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.”
And on March 29, 2012, the Committee on General Laws recommended that HCR:7 “Do Pass” – which not only sends an important message to State leaders throughout the nation, but also reminds Washington D.C. that our communities continue to value a liberty free from oppression!
Speak up for the Tenth Amendment!
Since HCR:7 has been passed by the Missouri House, the full House still has to vote on it. Please use the following link to contact your Missouri Representative, and let them know you will be watching – and voting accordingly – depending on how they choose to support this bill! Also, please contact the Majority Floor Leader and Speaker of the House, and encourage them to support HCR:7.
Representative Tim Jones (District 89) is the Majority Floor Leader. Phone: 573-751-0562, E-mail: Tim.Jones@house.mo.gov
Representative Steven Tilley (District 106), is the Speaker of the House. Phone: 573-751-1488, E-mail: Steven.Tilley@house.mo.gov
Additionally, as HCR:7 is sponsored by Rep. Lyle Rowland, (District 143). Please take a moment to thank him for his hard work in interposing between you and Washington. You can contact him via phone at 573-751-2042, or by e-mail: Lyle.Rowland@house.mo.gov
To review the status of HCR7, please see: HCR:7
The following are Tenth Amendment Center model bills and resolutions which are intended to reaffirm the proper role of government under the Constitution. Activists, we encourage you to send them to your state senators and representatives and ask them to introduce the legislation in your state.