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South Carolina could put Obama on notice with strongly worded state's rights resolution. News Team

Note: There is a lot of bad information on the internet about this topic. Many states have state reps or state senators that have introduced strongly worded resolutions affirming state’s rights. However, in most cases there are a few sponsors. A multitude of mass e-mails and blogs have erroneously declared that numerous states have already passed resolutions, when in fact they have only been introduced and do not yet have much support. As far as the staff of can tell, the only states that have passed strong state right’s resolutions so far are Arizona and Montana. In both of these case the resolutions were primarily concerned with gun control. The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution yesterday similar to the South Carolina Senate resolution seen below. This is the second time it has been passed by the Oklahoma House, however it was blocked from being voted on in the Senate by Democrats the first time. Republicans, however, gained control of Oklahoma Senate in the 2008 election. If you have information on resolutions that have passed or recently introduced, please e-mail Please do not forward mass e-mails with wild claims and no documentation. Please only send documentation with actual bill numbers so we can research them.

South Carolina may in fact lead the way in declaring their rights and putting Obama on notice. Two resolutions, one in the state senate and one in the state house were introduced on February 12th. Both are strongly worded, however the House version is very detailed and by far the best of the two. Since their introduction, the grassroots in South Carolina has launched an all out crusade to get them passed. The number of sponsors of both bills is growing daily.

House Version: H. 3509, Currently has 33 sponsors (out of 124 total reps). Full Text.

TO AFFIRM THE RIGHTS OF ALL STATES INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA BASED ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE NINTH AND TENTH AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. … That the General Assembly of South Carolina, based on the above principles and provisions, hereby declares by this resolution, that any act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States, or Judicial Order by the federal courts which assumes a power not delegated to the government of the United States of America by the Constitution and which serves to diminish the liberty of any of the several states or their citizens shall abridge the Constitution. The General Assembly further declares that acts which would cause such an abridgment include, but are not limited to: (1) establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the states comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that state; (2) requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law; (3) requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of eighteen other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law; (4) surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government; (5) any act regarding religion, further limitations on freedom of political speech, or further limitations on freedom of the press; and (6) further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition.

Senate Version: S. 424, Currently has 21 Sponsors (out of 46 Senators). Full Text

TO AFFIRM SOUTH CAROLINA’S SOVEREIGNTY UNDER THE TENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION OVER ALL POWERS NOT ENUMERATED AND GRANTED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BY THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. … hat the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, claims for the State of South Carolina 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 United States Constitution. Be it further resolved that all governmental agencies, quasi-governmental agencies, and their agents and employees operating within the geographic boundaries of the State of South Carolina, or all governmental agencies and their agents and employees, whose actions have effect on the inhabitants or lands or waters of the State of South Carolina, shall operate within the confines of the original intent of the Constitution of the United States or be subject to penalty of law as provided for now or in the future, within the Constitution of South Carolina, the South Carolina statutes, or the common law as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. Be it further resolved that this resolution serves as notice and demand to the federal government, as South Carolina’s agent, to cease and desist immediately all mandates that are beyond the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally delegated powers.

If you are in South Carolina, check to see if your Senator and Representative are on the lists of sponsors. If not, call them immediately. Visit the South Carolina CofCC website. They will be posting regular updates and information!

South Carolina has a very conservative Governor who will undoubtedly sign either resolution if it is passed.