House Representative

Bell, Cecil

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/06/2017

REPRESENTATIVE CECIL BELL, JR. FILES HB 2338, THE TEXAS SOVEREIGNTY ACT

MAGNOLIA – When our Founding Fathers crafted the framework of our country, they envisioned a strong bond between the states that would unite them in the common goals of promoting freedom, prosperity and common defense. Rather than 50 unique states working together toward these goals, there has been a slow and steady erosion of state sovereignty. As a result of federal overreach and judicial activism, America is acting more and more like one national government with 50 provinces. That is why I am a strong advocate for Texas sovereignty and for preserving the delegation of power found within our U.S. Constitution.

On Feb. 23, I and three House colleagues introduced HB 2338. Known as the Texas Sovereignty Act, this legislation would form a permanent committee to review the constitutionality of federal laws, agency regulations, executive orders, court rulings and other federal directives. It also calls upon elected officials to uphold their oaths and stand firmly against any federal action that would undermine the sovereignty of Texas and the principles of the 10th Amendment.

Should the committee determine a federal action to be unconstitutional, HB 2338 authorizes the Attorney General to defend Texas and Texans. It also calls on law enforcement and other agencies to enforce Texas law and protects taxpayers by ensuring that our tax dollars are not spent on unconstitutional federal edicts or laws.

The Constitution of the United States declares that "all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, or prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively ..."
Furthermore, Article 1 of the Texas Constitution affirms that our state is a "free and independent state, subject only to the Constitution of the United States ..."

I believe the legislation my colleagues and I have introduced will pave the way for Texas and other states to enforce the state and federal sovereignty our founders intended.