In a straight party line vote Senate Joint Resolution 21 passed 17 to 16 in the Wisconsin Senate on Feb. 22  and was forwarded over to the Assembly where it was sent to the committee on Rules on Feb. 29.

This proposed amendment to the Wisconsin constitution

“… provides that the people have the right to enter into private contracts with health care providers for health care services and to purchase private health care coverage, and prohibits enactment of any law that requires any person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or to participate in any health care system or plan.”

The following Senators sponsored this bill:

Introduced  by Senators Leibham, Lasee, Hopper, Galloway, Lazich, Moulton and Darling, cosponsored  by Representatives Vos, Steineke, Kestell, August, Meyer, Strachota, Nygren,  Severson, Petryk, Krug, Ziegelbauer, Petersen, Bies, Spanbauer, LeMahieu, Leefisch,  Endsley, Honadel and Mursau.

Tenth Amendment Center executive director  Michael Boldin cheered the vote by saying that Wisconsin, along with every other state in the Union, needs to “take every step possible to rein in federal abuse of power.”

During the ratification debates over the Constitution in 1787-88, Constitutional supporters discussing the powers and limitations on federal  power declared:

James Madison, Federalist Papers #45

“The powers delegated by the proposed  Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to  remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace,  negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will,  for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which,  in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties  of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the  State.”

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78

“No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the power to dictate that citizens must purchase any product or face a fine. If this is allowed, what  limits would the government have on what it can  force you to buy?

To see the TAC Tenth Amendment Commission model legislation, click HERE.

Visit the TACs legislative tracking page HERE


If you live in Wisconsin – act NOW. Not tomorrow or next week. Today, not tomorrow – right now.

1. Visit the link below for contact information for your Representative:

2. Click on your senator’s name and get their email address and TWO phone numbers – capitol and district offices.

3. CALL them. Best option – respectfully, yet firmly urge them to pass this bill. Let them know that you want them to stand up for the Constitution of the United States AND the Constitution of Wisconsin – they took an oath to both.

4. EMAIL them – even if call, you can still email too. Or just send them a firm but courteous email urging them to vote yes on this bill.

5. Do the same for the Governor’s office – (608) 266-1212

6. Report Back – when you get responses, let us know! We want people to be informed of what their delegates are saying and doing.


If your Senator voted in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 21, call them NOW to thank them for their YES vote. Here’s the final tally:

YEAS – 17

NAYS – 16



William Kennedy

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