A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to this Texas Observer item concerning House Concurrent Resolution No. 50, filed Tuesday by three Republican state representatives -- Leo Berman of Tyler, Brandon Creighton of Conroe and Bryan Hughes of Marshall -- who more or less want to declare Texas a sovereign state. As in: The lawmakers claim that the federal government has overstepped the bounds of the Tenth Amendment by imposing laws not expressly outlined in the Constitution. Therefore, the threesome want it resolved that ...
... the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas hereby claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That this serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers ...
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