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Faison Introduces Industrial Hemp Legislation

Faison Introduces Industrial Hemp Legislation

Rep. Jeremy Faison has introduced a bill (HB1392) to legalize the growing of industrial hemp in Tennessee that would open up major economic opportunities for Tennessee farmers.  Currently it is illegal to grow hemp in the United States, in spite of the fact that many of the founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson […]


The Price We Pay

The Price We Pay

February 8, 1924 dawned cold and icy, just like any other winter morning in Emory Gap, Roane County, Tennessee. But the day would prove far from ordinary. Constable James Jett had information about an illegal moonshine still on the Newport family farm. This was the era of Prohibition, and the U.S. Constitution had been amended […]


Brian & Kathleen’s Misguided Adventure: The Tenth Amendment for Dummies

Brian & Kathleen's Misguided Adventure: The Tenth Amendment for Dummies

Last week Senator Brian Kelsey finally decided to stand up to the federal government on Obamacare.  So, he got a copy of the book “Web Sites for Dummies” and handed it to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on her trip to Memphis.  How cute.  Kelsey stated on Twitter that: Perhaps if he […]


The Constitution vs. the UN Arms Treaty

The Constitution vs. the UN Arms Treaty

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry signed a UN arms treaty that opponents say will implement a broad firearms registration scheme and eventually lead to global bureaucrats imposing gun control on the American people in spite of the Second Amendment.  Despite the Obama administration’s support for the treaty, it remains to be seen whether […]


Why Doesn’t TN-TAC Endorse Political Candidates?

Why Doesn't TN-TAC Endorse Political Candidates?

Many of the liberty-minded and tea party groups in Tennessee are gearing up for the 2014 elections.  Groups and coalitions are forming up to “beat this guy” or “elect that gal,” which is all well and good.  Getting good people who understand the constitutional principles of the founders is a noble and important endeavor. Not […]


Tell Us What You Think

Tell Us What You Think

The Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center is already gearing up for the 2014 legislative session.  Your input will help us decide which issues to target.  Please take this brief survey and tell us which Tenth Amendment issues you are most passionate about and want to see addressed in 2014. Click here to take the survey!


Bill To Nullify Warrantless Drone Use In Tennesse Passes, Sent To Gov. Haslam’s Desk

Bill To Nullify Warrantless Drone Use In Tennesse Passes, Sent To Gov. Haslam's Desk

The Tennessee legislature gave final approval to a bill restricting drone use in the state and sent it on to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk on the last day of the legislative session. A conference committee hammered out differences and both chambers gave approval to SB796/HB591 Friday. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act requires law enforcement […]


Madison County Commission Passes “Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution”

 Madison County Commission Passes “Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution”

Madison County Tennessee now has two firsts.  The county was the first in Tennessee to pass a 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution against federal gun control schemes, and now it is the first in Tennessee to pass an Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution. The resolution is intended to protest and push back against the federal government’s […]


Drone Bill Goes Back to the Senate with a Dangerous House Amendment

Drone Bill Goes Back to the Senate with a Dangerous House Amendment

SB0796/HB0591, or the “Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act,” has passed both the Senate and the House, but it is going back to the Senate tomorrow because of an overly vague and dangerous amendment added to the bill in the House. Why is Amendment HA0452 Dangerous? The House added amendment HA0452 to SB0796/HB0591 which adds a […]


Action Alert: Bills Moving the Week of April 15

Action Alert:  Bills Moving the Week of April 15

The 2013 legislative session is coming to a close.  But we still need your help contacting legislators about the bills that are moving.  Important items moving this week include: Stopping the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, Putting major restrictions on the use of drone technology in Tennessee, Two constitutional tender bills, and Asset forfeiture reform. You can […]


Action Alert: Drone Bill Moves to Full Senate Thursday

Action Alert:  Drone Bill Moves to Full Senate Thursday

SB0796, sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers to provide strict regulation for the use of drones in Tennessee will go to the full senate for a vote on Thursday, April 11.  Its companion bill HB0591 sponsored by Rep. James Van Huss has made it to the House Calendar and Rules Committee and will be heard on Wednesday, […]


Madison County Commission to Consider “Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution”

Madison County Commission to Consider "Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution"

Madison County was the first county in the state of Tennessee to pass a 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution, so it is not surprising to hear that the county commission has taken up a new resolution – this time opposing the pending internet sales tax bill coming from the federal government. Commissioner Adrian Eddleman told the […]


Sen. Brian Kelsey’s Bait and Switch on Gun Control

Sen. Brian Kelsey's Bait and Switch on Gun Control

Senator Brian Kelsey is at it again, trying to deceive Tennesseans on the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  After Kelsey’s circus-worthy constitutional gymnastics in favor of the federal government’s supposed power to take Tennesseans’ firearms away as he worked frantically to kill SB250, he now says he wants to protect Tennesseans’ right […]


Action Alert: Crucial Bills Moving the Week of April 8

Action Alert: Crucial Bills Moving the Week of April 8

The 2013 legislative session is starting to wind down, and we have fewer bills moving.  But we still need all hands on deck contacting legislators about the bills that are moving.  Important items moving this week include: 2nd Amendment Preservation, Permanent ban on a state income tax, Stopping the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, and State non-compliance […]


McNairy County 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution Up for Vote April 8

McNairy County 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution Up for Vote April 8

The McNairy County Commission will take up the issue of their pending 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution again on Monday, April 8.  The resolution was tabled last month over concern that the resolution was unconstitutional due to a recent attorney general opinion. http://tennessee.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/03/mcnairy-county-2nd-amendment-preservation-resolution-tabled-until-april/ This concern is irrelevant, as resolutions are not legally binding and as such […]


SB0471/HB415: Why Tennessee Needs Legislative Control of Its US Senators

SB0471/HB415: Why Tennessee Needs Legislative Control of Its US Senators

Here at the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center, we have received questions from a number of people about the SB0471 and its companion bill HB0415, sponsored by Sen. Frank Niceley and Rep. Harry Brooks respectively.  Because of the confusion, we at TN-TAC thought it prudent to clarify why we have endorsed the bill. In a nutshell, […]


Action Alert: Critical Bills Moving in the Legislature the Week of April 1

Action Alert:  Critical Bills Moving in the Legislature the Week of April 1

Important bills are continuing to move through the legislative process.  The bills moving this week cover many issues important to Tennesseans, including bills on Obamcare, surveillance drones, the Tennessee Balance of Powers Act, election of U.S. Senators, policing for profit and a permanent constitutional ban on a state income tax. This week, we’ve added “Legislative […]


Action Alert: More Important Bills Moving the Week of March 24

Action Alert: More Important Bills Moving the Week of March 24

This is crunch time in the Tennessee General Assembly, and as a result many of the bills in our action alert from last week were rolled to be heard in committee this week. Because the calendars are getting full as legislators work to get their bills moved through the legislative process, the committees simply can’t […]


Nullify the Drones in Tennessee!

Nullify the Drones in Tennessee!

Sen. Mae Beavers and Rep. James Van Huss have introduced SB0796/HB0591 to protect Tennesseans from the specter of unconstitutional drone surveillance. The House version, HB0591, will head to the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday, March 20 immediately following the meeting of the full House Civil Justice Committee at 12:30 PM Central. The bill will […]


Action Alert: Many Important Bills Moving to Committee for Tennessee Next Week

Action Alert: Many Important Bills Moving to Committee for Tennessee Next Week

There are a number of very important bills moving in the Tennessee General Assembly next week.  It is imperative that  everyone begin calling legislators NOW to smooth the way for passage of these bills.  Remember that a call is always going to be more effective than email, although please do both if you can.  Remember […]


McNairy County 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution Tabled Until April

McNairy County 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution Tabled Until April

The 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution pending before the McNairy County Commission was tabled today and deferred to the second Monday in April, or April 8.  While the McNairy County Sheriff strongly supports the resolution, several commissioners are skeptical of the resolution because of a recent opinion by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper on the constitutionality […]


Action Alert: 2nd Amendment Preservation Bill Moving to Committee Tomorrow!

Action Alert: 2nd Amendment Preservation Bill Moving to Committee Tomorrow!

On Wednesday, March 13 at 12:30 PM Central, Rep. Joe Carr will take his legislation to protect Tennesseans against a potential gun ban or registration scheme before the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.  Sen. Joey Hensley will carry the bill in the Senate. Tennessee’s HB 0042 provides for misdemeanor penalties for state or federal officials who […]


Action Item: Medicaid Expansion Bill Going to Committee Tomorrow!

Action Item: Medicaid Expansion Bill Going to Committee Tomorrow!

Senate Bill 804 will be going before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee tomorrow at 1:30 PM CDT.  Although at the Tennessee Rally Against Obamacare on Sunday, Rep. Jeremy Durham expects the bill to be heard Tuesday, because it is 19th on the docket covering both Tuesday and Wednesday, it is possible that the bill […]


Action Alert: Call Sen. Stevens to Dislodge SB 250 Out of Committee

Action Alert: Call Sen. Stevens to Dislodge SB 250 Out of Committee

After the tie vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 27, SB 250 remains stuck in that committee.  It is still alive, but won’t move unless Tennesseans mobilize to get it dislodged for a second committee vote. Watch the full committee meeting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbcm5Uy0iTc SB 250 is a bill that is critical to protecting the […]