as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/13/2013 09:25am
affirming the sovereignty of the people of the State of Minnesota and memorializing
Congress to act to nullify laws in violation of that sovereignty.
WHEREAS, in the American system, sovereignty is defined as final authority, and the
people, not government, are sovereign; and
WHEREAS, the people of the State of Minnesota are not united with the people of the other
49 states that comprise the United States of America on a principle of unlimited submission to
their federal government; and
WHEREAS, all power not delegated by the people to government is retained; and
WHEREAS, the people of the several states comprising the United States of America
created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes only; and
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America
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, powers too numerous to list for the purposes of this resolution have been
exercised, past and present, by federal administrations, under the leadership of both Democrats
and Republicans, which infringe on the sovereignty of the people of this state and may further
violate the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, when powers are assumed by the federal government, which have not been
delegated to it by the people, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy; that without this
remedy, the People of this State would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whoever
might exercise this right of judgment for them; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota that it affirms the
sovereignty of the people of the State of Minnesota under the Tenth Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise delegated to the federal
government by the Constitution of the United States.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall serve as a notice and demand
to the federal government to cease and desist any and all activities outside the scope of its
constitutionally delegated powers.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges that a task force be appointed by
Congress, which shall be charged with the task of nullifying specific federal laws and regulations
which are outside the scope of the powers delegated by the people to the federal government
in the Constitution.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of State of the State of Minnesota is
directed to prepare copies of this memorial and transmit them to the President of the United States,
the President and the Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker and the Clerk of the United
States House of Representatives, and Minnesota's Senators and Representatives in Congress.