Alabama did not pass the Alabama Sovereignty Resolution HJR 298

Alabama Gov. Riley

Alabama Gov. Riley





     I wrote to Gov. Riley to ask him why we haven’t passed Alabama Sovereignty Resolution – HJR 298 . This is the response I received today in the mail:

  Thank you for your e-mail regarding the status of HJR 298 and HJR 403. I appreciate you taking the time to share your opinions with me.

 Please know that I am, and always have been, a supporter of state sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment. However, these resolutions were not passed by Alabama’s Legislature this year because the Democratic leadership did not bring them up for a vote. While this particular resolution did not pass the Legislature, I was pleased to sign a similar resolution specifically targeting federal mandates on receipt of stimulus funds. I have provided a copy of this resolution for your information.

 again, Thank you for contacting me. It is always a pleasure to hear from interested and active citizens like you.


Bob Riley 

After reading the SRJ 68 Resolution below Please take time to:

Read Alabama Sovereignty Resolution – HJR 298  to see the difference  between the two Resolutions


Contact Alabama Legislature’s to ask them why they do not feel the need to pass the  Alabama Sovereignty Resolution – HJR 298 .

ACT# 2009-74           SJR 68

By Senators Smitherman, Figures, Coleman, Benefield, Barron, Denton, Bedford, Little (T), Butler, Sanders, and Ross



WHEREAS, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provides “incentive payments” to states that agree to amend their unemployment compensation laws to provide more generous base-period calculations and agree to adopt less restrictive grounds for disqualifications based on availability of and applicants’ search for work; and

WHEREAS, state leaders in all regions of our country are concerned regarding the federal mandate to change state unemployment compensation laws in order to receive these benefits; each individual state is best able to ascertain the appropriate method of administering its unemployment program; and

WHEREAS, it is our understanding that the purpose of the federal act is to jump start our economy; that being the case, immediate and unconditional attention should be given to unemployed American workers, who are among those hit hardest by this financial crisis; and

WHEREAS, our residents are hardworking Americans who have done nothing wrong; the current economic crisis is national and international in scope and cannot be exclusively solved at the state level; setting future benefit goals may be a worthy ideal, but instant relief is now necessary and such aid must be granted without qualifications; for the general welfare of our state and its citizens, we strongly encourage Congress to reconsider and rescind those portions of the federal law that require changes in our state unemployment compensation law in order to receive additional unemployment compensation incentives; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That the United States Congress is respectfully requested to immediately amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to allow states to accept unemployment compensation benefits unconditionally. Provisions of the act that require states to make changes to their laws concerning base-period calculations and less restrictive grounds for disqualifications in order to receive unemployment compensation incentive payments should be repealed. Copies of this resolution shall be presented to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and each member of the Alabama Congressional Delegation so that each may know of the urgency of this matter and the necessity for immediate action.

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