February 20, 2009

William Blackstone
  Representative Marty Seifert

Marty Seifert of the Minnesota House of Representatives has introduced the Minnesota Sovereignty resolution, HF997. It was first read and referred to State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections Committee on February 19. It is supported by 16 State Representatives.

The Minnesota State Legislature web page provides the following short description of the resolution: “Federal government memorialized to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States and affirming Minnesota’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

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The Tenth Amendment states: “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.” House File 997 advises federal judges, Congress, and the Executive branch not to impose mandates on Minnesota and other states which are beyond the powers of the federal government.

The entire bill can be read here.

Minnesota follows Texas as the latest state to declare sovereignty from the federal government.

Beyond the pro-Constitution Campaign For Liberty website and the Liberty Forest forum, the introduction of the resolution received virtually no media coverage.

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