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    REFERENCE TITLE: sovereignty; tenth amendment.

    State of Arizona

    House of Representatives

    Forty-ninth Legislature

    First Regular Session


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    Introduced by

    Representatives Burges, Ash, Biggs, Boone, Gowan, Mason, MonteAfrican American, Pancrazi, Seel, Williams: Barto, Campbell CL, Court, Crandall, Crump, Driggs, Fleming, Goodale, Hendrix, Kavanagh, Lesko, McComish, McGuire, Miranda B, Murphy, Nichols, Pratt, Quelland, Stevens, Tobin, Weiers JP, Senator Harper

    A concurrent RESOLUTION

    claiming sovereignty under the tenth amendment to the constitution of the united states over certain powers, serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.


    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 we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp; and

    Whereas, Article IV, section 4, United States Constitution, says in part, "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.


    Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring, that:

    1. That the State of Arizona hereby 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 Constitution of the United States.

    2.That this Resolution serves as 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.

    3.That all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.

    4.That the Secretary of State of the State of Arizona transmit copies of this resolution to 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 the President of the Senate of each state's legislature and each Member of Congress from the State of Arizona.

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    This is all good and doesn't have any teeth like New Hampshire's 10A Resalution has. If the Federal Polititians (Corporate Representatives) don't respect out rights under 10A, then we need to include a provision for succession (like NH does), and have the will to enforce it. Here are some quotes from Thomas Jefferson that are relevent here:

    "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

    "I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."

    "Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."

    "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."

    "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."

    "That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."

    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

    "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

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    I think the 'teeth' reside in 75% of the armed populace. 'Must be more guns here than New Hampster?

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