The North Dakota legislature has a message to send to Washington DC by passing House Concurrent Resolution 3015 (HCR3015) – cease and desist!
The resolution passed the House in February by a vote of 57-36, and yesterday, the Senate concurred by a voice vote. From the text of the resolution:
this resolution serves as notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of constitutionally delegated powers
The Plains Daily reports that HCR3015 “will now by signed by the Governor and then delivered by the ND Secretary of State to President Obama, the Supreme Court justices, the President of the US Senate, Speaker of the US House, and the ND Congressional delegation, as well as all the judges of the US 8th Circuit court of appeals.”
Since 2009, 14 states have passed similar resolutions supporting original constitutional principles. These non-binding resolutions do not carry the force of law, but do play an important role.
First, they bring the issue to the public sphere. And they’re considered an important first step in the overall process of the 10th Amendment movement. For example, if you owned an apartment building and had a tenant not paying rent, you wouldn’t show up with an empty truck to kick them out without first serving notice. That’s how many view these Resolutions – as serving formal notice to the Federal Government.
What’s most important, is that they help create fertile ground for future actions. Follow-up, say supporters, is a must.
The North Dakota resolution is part of a growing grassroots movement in state legislatures across the country as a protest to the intrusion of the federal government into state government affairs, and is an essential first step towards efforts to push back, or nullify, unconstitutional federal laws and regulations.
CLICK HERE to view the Tenth Amendment Center’s 10th amendment resolution tracking page
CLICK HERE to view the Tenth Amendment Center’s model 10th Amendment Resolution, which you can send to your representatives when urging them to introduce one in your state.