House Resolution 34: State’s Right to Claim Sovereignty

February 10th, 2011 by scarlett Categories: Hot Topics, House Session 2011-2012 One Response
4 Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as
5 follows: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it
6 to the states, are reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people;” and
7 Whereas, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being
8 that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and
9 Whereas, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the
10 federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and
11 Whereas, today, in 2011, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal
12 government; and
13 Whereas, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment
14 to the Constitution of the United States; and
15 Whereas, Section 4 of Article IV of the Constitution of the United States says, “The
16 United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,” and
17 the Ninth Amendment states that  “The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights, shall
18 not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;” and
19 Whereas, the United States Supreme Court ruled in New York v. United States, 112
20 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory
21 processes of the states; and
22 Whereas, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now
23 pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the
24 Constitution of the United States; Now, therefore,
25 Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

26 SECTION 1. The North Carolina House of Representatives supports the State’s

27 right to claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

28 over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government or reserved to

29 the people by the Constitution of the United States.

30 SECTION 2. The North Carolina House of Representatives urges the federal

31 government, as the agent of the State, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that

32 are beyond the scope of any constitutionally delegated powers.

33 SECTION 3. The North Carolina House of Representatives further urges that

34 compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal

35 penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited

36 or repealed.

1 SECTION 4. The Principal Clerk shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to

2 the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the

3 United States House of Representatives, and each member of the North Carolina Congressional

4 Delegation.

5 SECTION 5. This resolution is effective upon adoption.


Short and Sweet! This resolution’s status at the time of posting was ‘Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House on 02/07/2011’.
Thank you to Representative George Cleveland (R-Onslow); Representative Carolyn Justice (R-New Hanover, Pender) and Representative Glen Bradley (R-Franklin, Halifax, Nash) for being the primary sponsors of this bill! Check to see if YOUR representative is a co-sponsor, and if they are not, email them and ask why that is so!

  1. David L White says:

    Alma Adams, why have you not accepted the fact that your party had laid waste to this Great Country!!!!!! Get on board or get out!