Sen. Howard Stephenson introduced the State Sovereignty and Tenth Amendment Resolution, SJR-6, on January 12th. It was created in the spring of 2009 by citizens for citizens. The Utah 9.12 States’ Rights Coalition, with the guidance of Larry Jensen (Utah Grassroots Alliance Coordinator), Chris Strause and many others, formed the message. After looking for someone to support it and present it Larry finally found Sen. Stephenson willing to tackle this critical resolution before it was the ‘popular’ thing to do.

Many of you across this state have lent your time, energy, and support for this resolution since. Many alligned organizations now understand why this resolution is important. Your hard work helped get the resolution through the Utah Senate and House. It is now up to Gov. Herbert to sign it and we need your support once again to show our Utah Governor we support him in standing for the sanity of the U.S. Constitution, the Utah Constitution, and the separation of powers, with the built in checks and balance duty each state is required to exercise. Gov. Herbert has proven to be a friend, just as many in the Utah House and Senate are proving to be.

Some will say a resolution is a waste of time and has no ‘teeth’ so why bother? There are two key things to keep in mind with this resolution. It was written to make a statement, yes, but more importantly to also educate the citizens and our representatives. Also, those who represent their support for this resolution and then fail to support legislation with teeth will be easy to identify as this election year we move to elect local and state representatives who will uphold their Oath of Office.


gary wood

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