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Re: [FSP] State Sovereignty Bill Passes in Oklahoma House

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  • GTriest
    Well, that is great; now their gov has to sign it. Let s hope this creates that much more incentive to get it passed in NH. Gary T ... From: Tim Condon
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      Well, that is great; now their gov has to sign it.

      Let's hope this creates that much more incentive to get it passed in NH.'

      Gary T

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      From: "Tim Condon" <tim@...>
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      Subject: [FSP] State Sovereignty Bill Passes in Oklahoma House

      *A m e r i c a n P o s t - G a z e t t e**
      *Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

      Wednesday, February 25, 2009**

      Oklahoma House passes sovereignty bill
      Path set for other states seeking to reassert constitutional rights

      Posted: February 24, 2009
      10:48 pm Eastern

      By Jerome R. Corsi
      © 2009 WorldNetDaily

      [image: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/images/020609brogdon.jpg%5d
      Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon

      NEW YORK - Oklahoma's House of Representatives is the first legislative body
      to pass a state sovereignty resolution this year under the terms of the
      Tenth Amendment.

      The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 1003
      Feb. 18 by a wide margin, 83 to 13, resolving, "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."

      The language of HJR 1003 further serves notice to the federal government "to
      cease and desist, effectively immediately, mandates that are beyond the
      scope of these constitutionally delegated powers."

      The sponsor of the resolution, state Rep. Charles Key, told WND the measure
      was a 'big step toward addressing the biggest problem we have in this
      country - the federal government violating the supreme law of the land."

      "The Constitution either means what it says, or it doesn't mean anything at
      all," Key said. "The federal government must honor and obey the
      Constitution, just like the states and this citizens of this country are
      obligated to do, or our
      government begins to fall apart."

      The Ninth Amendment reads, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain
      rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the
      people." The Tenth Amendment specifically provides, "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."

      As WND reported <http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88218>,
      eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under
      the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution:
      Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and

      Analysts expect 12 additional states may see similar
      measures<http://www.fontcraft.com/rod/?p=849>introduced this year,
      including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas,
      Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.

      Key argued that whenever "we allow the federal government, or any other
      government entity, to violate the Constitution, we destroy the Constitution
      one piece at a time."

      "We have gone so far down that path that the Constitution is hanging by a
      thread right now," he said.

      Last year, the same resolution introduced by Key passed the Oklahoma House,
      but the floor leader in the Senate, Democrat Sen. Charles Lassiter, used his
      authority to block consideration of the measure on the Senate floor.

      But state Sen. Randy Brogdon has sponsored comparable legislation, and he
      told WND the "chances are excellent" it "will be passed in the Senate this

      Brogdon said his bill, SJR 10, has made it out of committee and will be
      heard on the Senate floor in the next couple of weeks. The lawmaker said he
      will double-track HJR 1003 to increase the chances one of the sovereignty
      resolutions gets to the Senate floor.

      "We going to work Rep. Charles Key's bill through the committee," Brogdon
      said, "and our goal in the Senate is to use HCR 1003 as the final bill."

      Brogdon told WND he feels confident Democrats in the Oklahoma Senate will
      not be able to block the sovereignty measure this year.

      "Last year, the Democrats in the Senate were able to veto consideration of
      Rep. Key's bill," he said, "but this year the Republicans are in control of
      the Oklahoma House and the Oklahoma Senate, for the first time in Oklahoma's

      Oklahoma was the only state in the 2008 election in which every county voted
      for the Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain.

      "The Democratic leadership [image:

      in the state legislature has been outside the mainstream of the Democratic
      Party for decades in Oklahoma," Brogdon said. "We finally turned the corner
      in 2008, with Republican majorities in both House and Senate.

      "We still have a Democratic governor in Oklahoma," Brogdon said, "but we
      hope to change that in 2010."

      Brogdon is widely being mentioned as a Republican candidate for governor in

      Key crafted his resolution so it takes effect once the Oklahoma Senate
      passes the measure, even without the governor's signature.

      Asked whether Oklahoma's Democratic Gov. Brad Henry would sign a sovereignty
      resolution, Brogdon said he was confident the governor would do so.

      "I believe the governor will have to sign the sovereignty resolution the
      state legislature passes," he said. "How do you turn down states rights? If
      you are the governor, how are you going to stand before the people of
      Oklahoma and say, 'I don't want to support your state sovereignty under the
      Tenth Amendment?'"

      Henry's office did not immediately respond to WND's request for comment.

      Brogdon was not equally sure Henry would instruct Oklahoma's attorney
      general to enforce the sovereignty resolution, in what might be interpreted
      as an act of defiance against the Obama administration.

      "Phase Two will be to get a Republican governor in the state capital that
      understands the Constitution and respects the rule of law," Brogdon said.

      "We need an
      in Oklahoma that will enforce this sovereignty resolution once it is

      Brogdon explained that Oklahoma is on track to receive about $900 million
      from the $787 billion economic stimulus deficit-spending bill Obama signed
      into law last week.

      "Governor Henry has his hand out for the Obama stimulus
      Brogdon said. "But there are a lot of us in the Oklahoma legislature that do
      not want the federal stimulus money because we fear the strings that are
      certainly going to be attached to the $900 million. We might end up in
      subsequent years with a $900 million entitlement program hole in our budget
      for years to come, just because we took the Obama economic stimulus money
      this time around."

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