The state House OK’d a resolution Tuesday affirming North Dakota’s rights as a sovereign state after a debate that one member compared to pre-Civil War secessionist talk.
House Concurrent Resolution 3063 passed on a 52-42 vote. It invokes the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment, which says “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.”
The resolution says Congress and the federal government have created mandates that violate the 10th Amendment. “In 2009 the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government… and many powers assumed by the federal government and federal mandates are directly in violation of the 10th Amendment.”
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Bureau
, April 08, 2009
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