State Sovereignty Asserted in Oklahoma: Day 33 – Feb 21, 2009

We reported earlier (Feb 6) on the movements in several states to reassert their 10th Amendment status of sovereignty and today where one state,

Oklahoma, “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.”

According to Red Dirt Report, (Feb 17), an Oklahoma news site, the earlier passage of a sovereignty resolution in the  state’s lower body is now completed with its approval by the state senate judiciary committee.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Following last week’s unanimous vote in favor of Rep. Charles Key’s HJR 1003, calling for legislative support of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it’s companion bill in the Senate, SJR 10, was supported Tuesday 6-1 by the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee.

And there were plenty of supporters on hand to watch the discussion and the subsequent vote. Many wore stickers on their lapel which simply read “10,” supporting Brogdon’s pro-states rights resolution.

And while it is not getting a whole lot of attention in the mainstream press, a number of states, including Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, California, and Georgia have all introduced bills and resolutions declaring sovereignty under the 10th Amendment.

Additionally, Colorado, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Nevada, Maine, and Illinois are considering such measures.

Introduced by its Senate author, Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, he explained that the “federal government has been putting the screws on (the states) a little tighter and tighter each year” along with unfunded mandates of varying sorts.

And each time this happens, Brogdon explained, “We lose a little bit of our freedom and liberty.”

Dr Walter E. Williams wrote a column titled  “Oklahoma Rebellion” last July where he noted:

Oklahomans are trying to recover some of their lost state sovereignty by House Joint Resolution 1089, introduced by State Rep. Charles Key.

The resolution’s language, in part, reads: “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 2008, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government. … Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 2nd session of the 51st Oklahoma Legislature: that the State of Oklahoma 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. That this serve 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.”

State Sovereignty Asserted in OK

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