Saturday, February 21, 2009
State Sovereignty Update
To date, more than a dozen state Legislators have received requests to introduce my Sovereignty Resolution. So far, it has not been introduced, and I do not know of any Legislators intending to introduce it.
However, I discovered that we already have a sovereignty-related resolution that was introduced by Rep Cam Ward (R-49). The resolution in question is HJR130, and it is a resolution "OPPOSING FURTHER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FEDERAL REAL ID ACT OF 2005 AND URGING PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE ALABAMA LEGISLATURE BEFORE FINAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACT OR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY FUTURE SIMILAR ACT."
It does not site the 10th amendment in any of the "Whereas" sections, but it does in the first "Be It Resolved" section:
"BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That the Legislature finds that the enactment into law by the U.S. Congress of the REAL ID Act of 2005, as part of Public Law 109-13, which was adopted by the U.S. Congress in violation of the principles of federalism contained in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, is unfavorable to the security and well-being of the people of Alabama;"
HJR130 was introduced on Feb 12, and is is still pending approval in the House Rules Committee. If you support this resolution, contact your representatives now and tell them so.