This afternoon the Virginia State Senate narrowly defeated a move to recommit the antidetention bill, HB 1160, sponsored by Del. Bob Marshall. (report here) The effort to recommit, which would have killed the bill for this year, failed on a 20-20 vote, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling casting the tie-breaking vote against recommittal. The Senate agreed to bring the bill to the floor tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27. VIRGINIA RESIDENTS – ACTION ALERT ON THIS BILL AT THIS LINK
Delegate Bob Marshall issued the following statement:
The Virginia Senate’s action gives the people of Virginia another day to let their Senators know what they think about Congress empowering the U.S. Military to take a citizen off the nation’s streets, incarcerate him without charges, deprive him of the right to a lawyer, and hold him for an unlimited amount of time. That is the way things may be done in some other countries, but not here. This bill provides that we, here in Virginia, will not assist the federal government in enforcing this law.
Even President Obama had questions about the bill, when he promised the American people that he would not use the unrestrained powers it granted him — but why should we trust any President with such powers?
During World War II, the federal government incarcerated tens of thousands of loyal Japanese Americans in the name of national security. By this bill, Virginia declares that it will not participate in similar modern-day efforts.
There are moments in our history when our liberties hang in the balance. This is one of those moments. I urge the Senate when it votes tomorrow to join the overwhelming vote in the House to pass this bill, to lead the way in the nation to ensure that Virginia will not cooperate when the Federal Government strays off the reservation with laws that take away the civil liberties of our citizens.Details