Posts Tagged 'state sovereignty'

ASSERT MICHIGAN’S SOVEREIGHTY! SUPPORT HJR YY!


Why is HJR YY so critically needed?

If enacted into law and formally approved by voters, HJR YY would:

Amend the state Constitution to Create a Federalism Commission bicameral and bipartisan commission
charged with monitoring and reviewing federal laws and mandates to determine if they violate the Michigan Constitution or if they violate such areas as the 9th and 10th Amendments of the US Constitution

The “why” behind HJR YY is two-fold:
Firstly, in cases where the Joint Federalism Commission determines a violation exists, the law will provide for an expedited process for the commission to then push appropriate legislation to nullify to the floor for voting by all members within 10 session days.
The second “why” that makes this legislation necessary is:

Because of the increasing role of so called “Memorandums of Understanding,” “Compacts,” and other agreements between Michigan and other governments, most notably at the federal level.

Most voters are not aware of what a “Memorandum of Understanding” is, or that they can carry the formal force of law.

In many cases such memorandums are created under dubious authority. In other cases, the legislature does vote to grant authority for a memorandum to be entered into, but then what the memorandum actually does often exceeds that authority, or delves into areas that are beyond the scope of the authorizing legislation.

HJR YY has been Referred to Judiciary Committee

IMMEDIATE ACTION TO TAKE:
Call the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee to have HJR YY placed on the calendar for a meeting

Rep. Mark Meadows, (Chair)
Phone: (517) 373-1786Fax: (517) 373-5717
Email markmeadows@house.mi.gov

Request that legislation to put on calendar
BE COURTEOUS WHEN CONTACTING THE OFFICES

We will monitor the Judiciary Committee Calendar when HJR YY is placed on the Committee Calendar to implement the rest of the ACTION PLAN.
CHECK BACK FOR A UPDATE

ACTION PLAN WITH LINK TO HJR YY CAN BE PRINTED OUT AND DOWN-LOADED

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Kill or NULLIFY the Health Care Bill Rally THIS Sunday March 21


Nullify Health Care Flash Rally-Protest


Time: This Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Location: Capitol Ave in front of the State Capitol
Street: 100 N. Capitol Ave
City/Town: Lansing

The US Congress is poised to “deem and pass” one of, if not the most damaging bill in US history. They are doing this despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans are against it.

WASHINGTON IS NOT LISTENING TO US

It’s time to put pressure on our elected officials in Michigan!

If there is no way to kill this bill, then Michigan needs to exert its 10th Amendment Sovereignty and

NULLIFY this bill!

A number of states, like Idaho, are passing provisions that would either prohibit it from becoming a law in their state, or would require the state to file a suit.

Michigan has such a provision. House Joint Resolution, HJR YY introduced by Rep. Opsommer, that is in the Judiciary Committee.
Click to Learn More About HJR YY

This Joint Resolution would amend Michigan’s Constitution to create a Federalism Committee charged with monitoring and reviewing federal laws and mandates to determine if they violate the Michigan Constitution or if they violate such areas as the 9th and 10th Amendments of the US Constitution. Federalism Commission determines a violation exists, the law will provide for an expedited process for the commission to then push appropriate legislation to the floor to nullify.

Rep. Paul Opsommer will be joining us!

**BRING SIGNS, STATE FLAG!**

More Shocking Video from the G-20 Summit

G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh,PA

A long range acoustic device capable of permanently damaging human hearing was used for the first time to break up protesters at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

1st Amendment, U.S Constitution

Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for UAW’s Health Care Benefits

socialized medicine1One reason the public so distrusts the health care plan being considered by Congress is that so many troublesome details keep bubbling out of the massive legislation. The latest example is the $10 billion taxpayers will be asked to shell out to prop up the United Auto Workers’ retiree health insurance program.

That provision is tucked deep into the bill passed by the House.

In effect, it would ask every taxpayer, regardless of whether they’ll have health insurance coverage themselves after they retire — and most won’t — to chip in to maintain the UAW’s coverage, which even after the union’s givebacks is still better than what the average American worker receives.UAW

The helping hand is a recognition by Congress that the union’s volunteer employee benefit association, or VEBA, can’t possibly stay solvent if it is asked to cover all of the union workers taking early buyouts from the Detroit automakers.

So the union’s supporters added language to the House’s gargantuan health care bill that requires the federal government to pick up most of the cost of catastrophic claims for union retirees age 55 to 64.

The biggest beneficiary would be the UAW, which got $60 billion from the Big Three in exchange for taking on the obligation for retiree health care.

But the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler….to continue reading the article Click HERE

AFTER ACTION REPORT: Committee Hearings on SCR 4, SR 17, HCR 6 and SR 73

It was a packed room Tuesday for a Judiciary Committee hearing on SR17, SCR 4, and SR 73

A resolution to affirm Michigan’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government.

SCR 4 (Patterson) A concurrent resolution to affirm Michigan’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government.

Patriots from Campaign for Liberty of Wayne and Livingston County were there as well as yours truly representing Grassroots in Michigan, representatives from Tea Party of West Michigan as well as others from across the state came to give testimony and support of the resolutions.

In addition Congressman Pete Hoekstra gave testimony for SR 73 “a resolution to memorialize the United States Congress to make certain intelligence information regarding Guantanamo Bay detention camp detainees available to the Governor and Michigan State Legislature.”

In regards to with whether the Standish maximum security prison should house Guantanamo Bay prisoners. and Senator Tom George submitted written testimony and implored Governor Granholm to keep discussions open with the federal government.

Both Hoekstra and George are Republican candidates for governor. Congressman Pete Hoekstra the ranking Republican on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, says the state doesn’t know enough about Guantanamo prisoners to make an informed decision and the danger they would impose on not just Standish but to the state. Additionally, the promise of jobs for Standish may be a moot point as the prison would be a Federal facility with Federal employees already employed by the Federal government. Senator Bruce Patterson (a Republican candidate for Attorney General) made the wry observation that Michigan has spend millions on its “Pure Michigan” campaign to bring others to the state and a prison for terrorists hardly fits the criteria for enticing people to Michigan. Here, here Senator!

The “unusual Liberal suspects” voiced their usual Liberal mantra of obfuscation and lack of knowledge.

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, the committee’s minority vice chair, took a more neutral stance saying state officials need all the facts and realize while Hoekstra’s views are based on experience they are only opinions.
“I would hope that before we say yes or no we would have a full understanding of what to expect,” Whitmer said.

Hmmm let’s see Pete Hoekstra, the ranking GOP member of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, “opinions” are pretty solid Ms Whitmer since he is privy to information that you are not and THAT is what SR 73 was about, obtaining more information.

Meanwhile downstairs, the Transportation Committee was hearing testimony on passage of House Concurrent Resolution No. 6.(Opsommer)

A concurrent resolution to memorialize the President, the Congress, and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States to change requirements, agreements, and memorandums of understanding relating to the creation of Enhanced Drivers Licenses.

Whereas, The Department of Homeland Security is currently requiring that any state that wishes to create an Enhanced Drivers License (EDL) as a result of passage of the federal Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) must create an EDL that incorporates what the federal government refers to as “facilitative technology.” This ambiguous term has been defined in practice to mean the incorporation of unencrypted, long-range, radio-wave computer chip technology that allows for a unique citizen identification number that can be passively read through wallets, purses, doors, and cars without the owner’s knowledge; and

Whereas, After Michigan made several attempts to create an EDL that would not need this technology, it became clear that the Department of Homeland Security would only allow Michigan the option to voluntarily abandon the entire EDL program, jeopardizing the state’s economy. The WHTI’s only true mandate was that Americans needed to prove their citizenship in order to reenter into the United States. Facilitative technology was never required by Congress, places technology contracts over security, and is an example of departmental overreach and encroachment onto states’ rights; and

Whereas, The driver license information of Michigan citizens would be shared with the governments of Canada and Mexico via the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and EDL agreements. However, how it would be shared is ambiguous and needs to be defined so that we can ensure that potential corruption in foreign bureaucracies does not result in identity theft or other security concerns for U.S. citizens. There is currently little congressional oversight of the SPP, again placing a single department’s bureaucracy largely in charge of rules and regulations that significantly impact the states and their citizens; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That we memorialize the President, the Congress, and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States to change requirements, agreements, and memorandums of understanding relating to the creation of Enhanced Drivers Licenses to help address these concerns. We formally call for the Department of Homeland Security to change its rules so that EDLs can be created that do not need to contain what it characterizes as “facilitative technology”; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Department of Homeland Security, and the members of the Michigan congressional delegation.

As many folks didn’t know about the Committee Meeting on HCR 6, I was busy handing out comment cards for passage of HCR 6 and running the filled out cards down to the Transportation Committee room.

After testimony and a vote, SR17, SCR 4, HCR 6 and SR 73 were all voted out of committee!

The testimony about Gitmo prisoners and HCR 6 dovetailed with the need for Michigan to assert her 10th Amendment sovereignty and as a means of breaking unconstitutional federal control over the States by basically bribing with money or the withholding of Federal money, which as one gentlemen from Campaign form Liberty pointed out the Federal government took from the states, to go in a direction that we can not or should not properly go. We Michiganders, the citizens who live here, work here, raise our families here and love Michigan are the best arbitrators to decide what is best for us and our state, not people in a far-away city called Washington D.C. and we are Constitutionally entitled to do so!

A good day for Michigan…onward…just in as of today SR 73 was ADOPTED AS SUBSTITUTED S-1 in the Senate

*ACTION ALERT* ATTEND THE STATE SOVEREIGNTY BILLS COMMITTEE MEETING

WE WANT THIS BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE AND PASSED!

This Event is listed on Grassroots in Michigan

Here is what we need to do:

ATTEND the Committee (Judiciary) Meeting for the two 10th Amendment State Sovereignty Bills to show support. This is a public meeting so we need as many to attend as possible. Event is listed on Grassroots in Michigan, This TUESDAY Aug. 18th 1:00pm Room 210 Farum Bldg. 125 W. Allegan Street Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: Clerk Phone 373-6920

You can also speak by filing out a card when arriving. Be polite and articulate

SR 17 (Patterson) A resolution to affirm Michigan’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government.

SCR 4 (Patterson) A concurrent resolution to affirm Michigan’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government.

Here are links to the bills:

SR0017
SCR-0004

If you CANNOT ATTEND:

CALL OR FAX COMMITTEE MEMBERS letting them know you support the resolutions:

SAMPLE FAX HERE

Judicary Committee Members:

Senators:

Wayne Kuipers (R) (Chairman) Phone: Toll-Free 877-584-7377 Fax: 517-373-2751
E-Mail: senkuipers@senate.michigan.gov

Alan Cropsey (R) (ViceChair) Phone: Toll-Free 866-305-2133 Fax: 517-373-8661
E-Mail senacropsey@senate.michigan.gov

Alan Sanborn (R) Phone: Toll Free 888-353-2526 Fax: 517-373-5958
E-Mail senasanborn@senate.michigan.gov

Bruce Patterson (R) (Bill Sponser) Phone Toll Free 866-262-7307 Fax: 517-373-9228
E-Mail senbpatterson@senate.michigan.gov

Tony Stamas (R) Phone Toll Free 866-305-2136 Fax: 517-373-2678
E-Mail ofcstamas@senate.michigan.gov

Gretchen Whitmer (D) (M-VC) Phone: 517-373-1734 Fax: 517-373-5397
E-Mail: sengwhitmer@senate.michigan.gov

Hansen Clarke (D) Phone: Toll Free 877-252-7537 Fax: 517-373-9320
E-Mail senclarke@senate.michigan.gov

Raymond Basham (D) Phone: 517-373-7800 Fax: 517-9310
E-Mail senrbasham@senate.michigan.gov

We have three Republican Senator running for office that should be contacted Bruce Patterson who sponsored the resolutions running for Attorney General, Michelle McMannus and Cameron Brown both running for Secretary of State. Their information including information for both House and Senate to CALL OR FAX letting them know you support the resolutions, can be found HERE http://michiganvotes.org/Find.aspx

Write letters to the editors of all the Michigan media outlets. You can find contact info here or

37 states have created or are creating 54 legislative bills/resolutions that re-assert States’ Rights in an attempt to stop the Federal Government’s power grab and to return to the principles of Freedom as defined in the Constitution.

Joe the Plumber to Michigan patriots to,”Come to your state Capitol July 4th!”

We are at war. We are at war with those who have methodically worked to dismantle our Constitution, torn apart our representative Republic, and who wish to put another form of government in its place. That form is the antithesis of our foundations. We need to come together for a show solidarity and force at our state Capitol to Re-declare our Independence and to assert the Tenth Amendment sovereignty of the state of Michigan!


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