From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Files Resolution to Affirm State Sovereignty

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) — Today, State Senator Glenn Hegar filed a resolution in the Texas Senate to reaffirm Texas' right to self-govern, as provided by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Tenth Amendment limits the power of the federal government in Washington, D.C. by preserving state sovereignty. State sovereignty is the states' right to self-govern without undue interference from the federal government. More specifically, the Tenth Amendment limits the types and kinds of laws that the federal government can make and impose upon the states. If the Constitution does not specifically delegate a power to the federal government, then that power belongs to the states, and only the states. This is the cornerstone of the federal system set up by our Founders.

In recent years, however, the federal government has steadily increased its control over the states, and oftentimes this control has infringed upon state rights in violation of the Tenth Amendment. The federal government has created new regulations and demanded that the states implement those regulations. At the same time, the federal government has refused to give the states the monetary support necessary to implement the new demands. The federal government has also overextended its reach by placing unnecessary restrictions on individual rights, such as the constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Simultaneously, the federal government has refused to take responsibility for the tasks assigned to it by the Constitution. For example, Congress has repeatedly failed to implement immigration reform, leaving the states and their citizens to bear the resulting costs and risks.

"Both the national and state governments play an important role in the federalist system set up by our Founders, and both are necessary to the success of our nation, but the two must work together to accomplish what is best for the country and its people," Senator Hegar said.

"Unfortunately, in recent years, the federal government has disrupted this delicate balance by treating the states as subordinate servants of the national government rather than as equal members of the same team. This disparity has only gotten worse in the first six weeks of the new administration. At a time when our state and our nation face monumental challenges, a well balanced federal system is more important than ever and must be preserved. My sincere hope is that Senate Concurrent Resolution 39 will serve as notice to President Obama and our congressional leaders that the constitutional rights of Texans can no longer be ignored. The days of federal intrusion into state sovereignty must come to an end, and by restoring the true intent of our U.S. Constitution, our citizens and nation will be better served, just as our Founders intended, Hegar concluded.

In filing this resolution, Senator Hegar said that Texas joins over nine other states that have filed similar resolutions. If passed by the Texas Legislature, Senate Concurrent Resolution 39 will be sent to the President and Congress of the United States.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and is currently serving his second session representing Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senator Hegar is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.