HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 24
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HJM024.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
FEDERAL COURTS - Stating findings of the Legislature and requesting
Congress to pass legislation similar to S. 520 and H.R. 1070 relating to
jurisdiction of the federal courts over governmental entity's
acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty or
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 24
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 A JOINT MEMORIAL
2 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTA-
3 TIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL
4 DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED
6 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the
7 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth
8 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
9 WHEREAS, the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State
10 of Idaho guarantee the right of all persons to believe in God, to worship and
11 to speak freely; and
12 WHEREAS, our country was founded upon the premise that all men are created
13 equal, and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights by their Cre-
14 ator; and
15 WHEREAS, it is imperative that as the judiciary of a sovereign nation, our
16 federal courts apply the Constitution of the United States based upon domestic
17 legal authority; and
18 WHEREAS, bills have been introduced in the United States Senate and the
19 United States Congress S. 520 and H.R. 1070; and
20 WHEREAS, these two pieces of federal legislation would substantially do
21 the following:
22 (1) Amend the federal judicial code to prohibit the United States Supreme
23 Court and the federal district courts from exercising jurisdiction over
24 any matter in which relief is sought against an entity of federal, state
25 or local government or an officer or agency of such government concerning
26 that entity's, officer's or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign
27 source of law, liberty or government.
28 (2) Prohibit a court of the United States from relying upon any law, pol-
29 icy or other action of a foreign state or international organization in
30 interpreting and applying the United States Constitution, other than
31 English constitutional and common law up to the time of adoption of the
32 U.S. Constitution.
33 (3) Provide that any federal court decision relating to an issue removed
34 from federal jurisdiction by these acts is not binding precedent on state
36 (4) Provide that any Supreme Court justice or federal court judge who
37 exceeds the jurisdictional limitations of these acts would be deemed to
38 have committed an offense for which the justice or judge may be removed,
39 and to have violated the standard of good behavior required by Article III
40 for judges in the U.S. Constitution.
41 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
42 sion of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
43 the Senate concurring therein, that we request Congress to pass, our Congres-
44 sional delegation to support, and the President sign, legislation similar to
1 S. 520 and H.R. 1070.
2 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa-
3 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this
4 Memorial to the President of the United States, the President of the Senate
5 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Congress, and the congres-
6 sional delegation representing the State of Idaho in the Congress of the
7 United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this Joint Memorial is to request the United
States Congress to pass, our congressional delegation to support,
and the President to sign, legislation similar to S. 520 and
H.R. 1070, two pieces of federal legislation that would amend the
federal judicial code.
There is no fiscal impact.
Name: Representative Frances Field
Representative Phil Hart
Phone: (208) 332-1000
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM 24