State sovereignty; Congress urged to honor Tenth Amendment to U.S. Constitution. (HR46)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


State sovereignty; Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  Expresses the sense of the House of Delegates that the Congress of the United States be urged to honor state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and claims sovereignty for the Commonwealth under the Tenth Amendment over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States. Read the Bill »


01/31/2011: Passed the House


01/06/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101637D
01/06/2011Referred to Committee on Rules
01/25/2011Reported from Rules (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2011Passed by for the day
01/31/2011Taken up
01/31/2011Amendment by Delegate Peace agreed to
01/31/2011Pending question ordered
01/31/2011Engrossed by House as amended HR46E
01/31/2011Printed as engrossed 11101637D-E
01/31/2011Agreed to by House (65-Y 33-N)
01/31/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (65-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Bill text as passed House (HR46ER)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 21 minutes.


Carolyn Gecan writes:

The Civil War is over. This bill is a giant step backward into the 1850s. What's next for Del. Peace, declaring Virginia an independent nation? Just say NO to this ill-advised, short-sighted and ignorant tea party folly.

Deb writes:

In consideration of the extent of the overreach of the federal government into state affairs, it is necessary that the Commonwealth (and, all the other states) reaffirm a commitment to the 10th Amendment. The Constitution specifically details the enumerated powers of the federal government. We must follow the rule of law. Desire changes? Then the amendment process should be the method used to modify current law.

Thank you Delegate Peace for your ongoing efforts to protect the Constitution and the Commonwealth!

Waldo Jaquith writes:

If there are specific ways in which Virginia's sovereignty is being infringed by the federal government, then a legal remedy is available—the court system.

Deb writes:

Yes, the Courts are indeed another option. Hence the Attorney General's case regarding ObamaCare! :-)

Waldo Jaquith writes:

That's right, Deb!