New Jersey lawmakers to consider health care nullification

On Tuesday, Assemblywoman Alison L. McHose (R-Sussex County) introduced a bill that would render the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act null and void in in the state of New Jersey.

A4155 not only refers to the unconstitutional nature of PPACA, but also speaks to the proper role of the federal government in relation to the states:

The Legislature finds and declares that:

a. The people of the several states comprising the United States of America created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes, and nothing more;

b. Amendment X to the United States Constitution defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people of the several states t o the federal government, and all power not delegated to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is reserved to the states respectively, or to the people themselves;

c. The assumption of power that the federal government has made by enacting the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” interferes with the right of the people of the State of New Jersey to regulate health care as they see fit, and makes a mockery of James Madison’s assurance in Number 45 of the Federalist Papers that the “powers delegated” to the federal government are “few and defined,” while those of the states are “numerous and indefinite”; and

d. The federal act is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by its founders and ratifiers, and is hereby declared 

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Michigan legislature considers banning TSA pat-downs

The Michigan legislature will consider a bill that would make intrusive pat-downs without probable cause at airports and other public facilities a crime.

Rep. Tom McMillin (R- Rochester Hills) introduced House Bill 4772 on June 16.  The legislation would make it a misdemeanor to “intentionally touch the clothed or unclothed breast, genitalia, buttocks, or anus of that other individual except upon reasonable cause to believe that the individual may be concealing an item that is prohibited on that public property or on that mode of public transportation.”

Anyone convicted under the law would face a $500 fine and /or 93 days in jail.

McMillin modeled the bill on similar legislation proposed by Texas Rep. David Simpson. The Texas House unanimously passed HB 1937 in May, and the bill was on track to pass the Senate when a letter from U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy threatening to shut down air travel in the Lone Star State scared Texas Senators into backing down.

But Texas will try again. On June 20, Texas Gov. Rick Perry added the Texas TSA legislation to a special legislative session.

McMillin says an incident at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport motivated him to propose legislation that would effectively end intrusive TSA pat-downs in Michigan without probable cause. Earlier this month, agents at the airport singled out a 29-year-old man with special needs for extra security screening.   Dr. David Mandy says his son has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. But TSA agents insisted on patting Drew Mandy down, confiscating a toy hammer he carries with him.

“My son carries his ball and his hammer for security. He goes everywhere with (them),” Mandy told WJBK FOX 2 in Detroit. “He took the hammer and he tapped the wall. ‘See, it’s hard. It could be used as a weapon.’ So, Drew’s also holding the ball, and I said, ‘Well, how about the ball?’ He (said), ‘Oh, he can keep that.’”

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