PHOENIX (Feb. 29, 2012) – On the same day the Virginia Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of legislation to nullify federal kidnapping under the NDAA, a similar bill in Arizona also took a step forward, passing out of an important committee.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, SB1182 passed out of the Committee of the Whole with no debate and no recorded vote. A Committee of the Whole constitutes the entire senate and generally convenes to consider procedural issues such as proposing amendments or limiting debate, and to allow members to offer reports on legislation. Back on Feb. 16, the bill passed out of the Arizona Senate’s Border Security, Federalism and States Sovereignty Committee by a 6-1 vote. The next step for the bill – a final vote in the Senate.
“So far, so good,” Karen Winfield, the assistant to bill sponsor Sen. Sylvia Allen, said after the committee hearing.
The Arizona Liberty Preservation Act declares, “This state and any agency of this state shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the national defense authorization act of 2012, Public Law 112‑81, against any citizen of the United States.” The bill also has teeth, making it a misdemeanor for any state agent or employee of a corporation providing service to the state to attempt to enforce the kidnapping provisions in sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA.
“Some people cringe a little when I used the term kidnapping to describe the detention provisions in the NDAA,” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said. “But what else do you call it when armed men can drag you off against your will and hold you indefinitely with absolutely no due process? That is, by definition, kidnapping. The fact that it’s done under the auspices of some federal act doesn’t make it any less criminal.”
No date is set for a full Senate vote at this time.
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If you live in Arizona – act NOW. Not tomorrow or next week. Today, not tomorrow – right now.
1. Click HERE for contact information for your senator:
2. Click on your senator’s name – get their email address and TWO phone numbers – capitol and district offices
3. CALL them. Best option – respectfully, yet firmly – urge them to pass this bill. Let them know that you want them to stand up for the Constitution of the United States AND the Constitution of Arizona – they took an oath to both.
4. EMAIL them – even if call, you can still email too. Or just email. A courteous, strong and firm email – urging them to vote yes on this bill.
5. Do the same for Gov. Brewer’s office – 800-253-0883 or http://www.azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp
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