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Monday, February 16, 2009

State Sovereignty Petition Florida - Date, Sign and Send to your State Representative or Senator

STATE OF FLORIDA

2009 Session of the Legislature

Proposed HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

A Joint Resolution claiming authority under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United

States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain

mandates; providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed; and directing distribution.

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 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and

WHEREAS, many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the

United States; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each

sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may

not usurp; and

WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 4 says, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a

Republican Form of Government”, and the Ninth Amendment states that ”The enumeration in the Constitution,

of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992),

that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and

WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present

administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE OF

THE 2009 SESSION OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE:

THAT the State and the people of Florida hereby claim authority 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 resolution serves 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.

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

penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.

THAT a copy of this resolution be distributed to the President of the United States, the President of the United

States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House and the

President of the Senate of each state's legislature of the United States of America, and each member of the

Florida Congressional Delegation.

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The above resolution proposed for the State of Florida has been adapted from the Joint Resolution

(HJR1089) approved by vote of 92-3 in the the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2008. The 2009

version of that resolution may be viewed at http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2009%2D10bills/hb/hjr1003%5Fint.rtf

PETITION: I, _______________________, a citizen or resident of the State of Florida, residing at

_________________________________________________________________, do

hereby petition my State Legislators in Florida to introduce this resolution into both legislative houses

for consideration in the 2009 legislative session. Signed:___________________Date:______

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