Tenth Amendment Resolution
Oklahoma Declaration of Sovereignty
here to view the current petition results
Brad Henry's veto of HJR1003, which
affirms Oklahoma's sovereign rights under the Tenth Amendment
to the Constitution, was in essence a veto of our foundational
principles and of the desires of the People of Oklahoma to be
a free, sovereign, and independent State.
People of Oklahoma do not agree with our governor’s
denial of our heritage, and of the Supreme Law of our nation!
its place Representative Charles Key introduced HCR1028,
which has already passed both the Oklahoma House and Senate.
However, because this is a "concurrent" resolution it
does NOT have to be signed by our Governor. While it does
make a strong statement by the legislature and the people of this
state, it will not become law.
the People of Oklahoma wish to make an even stronger statement
by declaring in a loud unified voice that, unlike Governor Henry,
We DO intend to uphold the Constitution for the United States
of America and therefore wish to reaffirm our States Rights as
per the Tenth Amendment to the constitution of this great nation.
Click here to sign the petition
bypasses governor’s veto to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty
Published: May 5, 2009
Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House
members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahoma’s
House Joint Resolution 1003, House Concurrent Resolution 1028 does
not need the governor’s approval.
House passed the measure 73-22. It now goes to the Senate.
going to get it done one way or the other,” said the resolutions’
author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City.
think our governor is out of step.”
Democrats objected, saying the issue already had been taken up and
had been vetoed, but House Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele, R-Shawnee,
ruled the veto is not final action.
said he expects HCR 1028 will pass in the Senate. HJR 1003 earlier
passed the House 83-18 and won approval in the Senate 29-18.
vetoed HJR 1003 because he said it suggested, among other things,
that Oklahoma should return federal tax dollars.
said HCR 1028, which, if passed, would be sent to Democratic President
Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress, would not jeopardize
federal funds but would tell Congress to "get back into their
proper constitutional role.” The resolution states the federal
government should "cease and desist” mandates that are
beyond the scope of its powers.
said many federal laws violate the 10th Amendment, which says powers
not delegated to the U.S. government "are reserved to the states
respectively, or to the people.” The Constitution lists about
20 duties required of the U.S. government, he said.
should not be providing bailouts to financial institutions and automakers,
give all this money to all these different entities, including automakers,
and now they’re talking about, ‘Well maybe it’s
better to let them go bankrupt,’” Key said. "Well,
maybe we should have let them go bankrupt before we gave them the
24 April 2009
Governor Brad Henry has vetoed House Joint Resolution 1003. In a
statement released today, Henry said that “there is no
need to spend valuable legislative time on a resolution expressing
support for any particular amendment or constitutional right”
is the full veto message:
question, the state of Oklahoma and its leaders support the U.S.
Constitution and the rights it guarantees to the states and their
citizens, and there is no need to spend valuable legislative time
on a resolution expressing support for any particular amendment
or constitutional right. Furthermore, HJR 1003 alleges, without
offering any evidence or explanation, that past and current U.S.
leaders may have violated the Constitution and committed crimes
against the states and the country. HJR 1003 also implies that the
state should reject federal tax dollars paid to Washington, DC,
by Oklahoma citizens, an act that would prevent our tax dollars
from being used in Oklahoma to address critical needs in transportation,
education, health care, law enforcement, veterans programs and many
other vital services beneficial to our state. In short, HJR 1003
could be detrimental to Oklahoma and does not serve the state or
its citizens in any positive manner.”
the governor signed the resolution, it would have been distributed
to the President, the U.S. Congress and other federal offices as
an official statement from the state of Oklahoma.
two-thirds majority in both the house and senate will be required
to override Henry’s veto.
2008 Oklahoma's District 90 Representative Charles Key introduced
Joint House Resolution 1089, better known as "The Tenth Amendment
Resolution", which would force the federal government to "cease
and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the
scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.” With overwhelming
support from the House (92-3 margin) the bill then went to the Oklahoma
senate, where they refused to vote on it.
in 2009, Charles Key reintroduces this history-making bill as HJR
1003, and once again sees overwhelming support from the house
floor with an 83-13 vote. With support of fellow constitutionalist
Senator Randy Brogdon HJR 1003 is
scheduled for hearing in the senate sometime this March. With
a twin bill (SJR10)
written by Brogdon on the table, odds are great that this bill will
make into the law books of Oklahoma, and we can begin the process
of putting the feds back in their box where they belong.
Leads The Charge
Since the 2008 introduction of the Tenth Amendment Resolution
in Oklahoma, a current total of 34 other States have joined Key's
effort to create similar legislation.
states -- Alabama,
Virginia, and Wisconsin
-- have all introduced bills and resolutions reminding the Feds
that the 10th Amendment protects the rights of the states, which
are the rights of the people, by limiting the power of the federal
government. These resolutions call on D.C. to “cease
and desist” from their reckless government expansion and also
indicate that federal laws and regulations implemented in violation
of the 10th Amendment can be nullified by the states.
are even rumors of secession coming from Hawaii
following the declaration
of unilateral withdrawal and complete independence from the
United States by the Lakota Nation.
need your support Oklahoma!
March 21st, 2009 citizens of Oklahoma rallied
in Tulsa to show support for Oklahoma's sovereignty (click
here for footage of the Assembly). Oklahoma had an opportunity
to be the first state to pass a Tenth Amendment Resolution, and
to show the rest of the several States that we mean business.
we do not take back our state NOW we will be forced to explain to
our children and grandchildren how we sat idly by and allowed Oklahoma
to slip into complete federally-created despotism.
Unprecedented history is in the making - BE A PART
Speed to the Republic of Oklahoma!!