Maryland joins states considering handcuffing TSA gropers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 15, 2012) – Last Friday, Maryland joined a growing list of states considering legislation that would say, “No!” to TSA groping.

Delegate Glen Glass (R – Cecil and Hartford Counties) filed HB1111, which would prohibit a public servant from conducting searches for the purpose of entering a publicly accessible building or utilizing a public mode of transportation without probable cause or express consent.

The legislation also specifically prohibits “sexual harassment” by agents, defining harassment as, “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly touching the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of the other person, including touching through clothing; or causing physical contact with the other person when the public servant knows or should reasonably believe that the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.”


Utah Considers Bill Asserting State Sovereignty

The Utah legislature is considering a bill asserting State Sovereignty during this session and the legislation recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee.

The vote tally was 10-0 with 3 abstaining.

H.B.141 …”reaffirms state sovereignty and reserves all rights and claims, including set-off, for damages, losses, costs, and expenses incurred but not fully reimbursed against any amounts that the state owes the federal government.”

This bill:

  1. reaffirms the state’s sovereign rights as outlined in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States of America;
  2. provides that the state is relieved of all liability for the payment of funds owed to the federal government for which the state exercises its rights of set-off.

Rep. LaVar Christensen (R – District: 48) sponsors the Utah bill.

This bill, by asserting Utah Sovereignty and rights as established in the Ninth and Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, lays out the understanding of the Founders that the Federal government is the agent of the states and not the other way around.


Four and Counting. Fairfax, CA Rejects NDAA

In recent weeks, Colorado counties of Weld, Fremont and El Paso passed resolutions opposing sections 1021 and/or 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act – what some refer to as the “kidnapping provisions” of the act. And now, the town of Fairfax, California joined them in this stand by passing resolution #12-11.

It states, in part, that “we Strongly affirm our loyalty to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitution of the United States, including the Fifth Amendment right to due process and the Sixth Amendment right to trial.”

The town of Fairfax has an extensive history of protecting its residents’ civil rights and liberties. This stand is best embodied in its resolution rejecting the USA PATRIOT Act a few years ago, which led hundreds of other municipalities across the nation to emulate their example. The Fairfax resolution against the NDAA takes denouncing one step further by requiring non-compliance within the Town as well. It states that they will:

“Instruct all our Town of Fairfax agencies to decline requests by federal agencies acting under detention powers granted by the NDAA that could infringe upon residents’ freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel.”


NDAA Resolution to Be Presented to NC State Legislators

North Carolina Rep. Glen Bradley, (R), intends to introduce a resolution at the General Assembly’s “short session” to address provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes the “indefinite detention” of U.S. Citizens by declaring the United States a part of the “battlefield.”

The resolution that will be presented, NDAA RESOLUTION FOR NORTH CAROLINA STATE LEGISLATORS, states in no uncertain terms numerous violations of the United States Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution, and then it concludes with what the state legislator by passing this resolution attend to do about it.

For the above and forgoing reasons, this Legislature expresses its belief that the NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 (NDAA) is unconstitutional in authorizing the President to use war powers, the “law of war,” and/or martial law in the United States and its territories over any person, including citizens or lawful resident aliens of the United States not in the military forces, and over citizens or lawful resident aliens of the United States, who are not in the military forces, anywhere in the world.

FURTHER, the Legislature expresses its sense that all provisions of the NDAA which are unconstitutional, including as noted herein above, were and are null and void from their inception and are not enforceable in this state, and it is the express policy of state’s Legislature that no officer, employee, or agent of the state will implement, enforce or otherwise support, directly or indirectly, any of the above noted unconstitutional provisions, and that a violation of such policy will be deemed a violation of their oath of office and employment agreement, and will subject them to disciplinary action up to and including termination.


Legislative Alert: They’re Laughing At Us!

I don’t understand politicians.  Truthfully, I probably never will.

You and I make decisions every day to do the right thing, even when the benefit to us may not be quite so great as not doing the right thing.

Unfortunately the majority of our state legislators seem unable to do what you and I do every day.

For instance, the subcommittee of the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee had the chance to do the right thing on Wednesday to protect Tennesseans from unconstitutional encroachments of the federal government and resist the evil indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA by voting for HB2619/SB2669.

Instead, they chose to hem and haw and stall.

Van Irion, the Lead Counsel for the Liberty Legal Foundation and former congressional candidate, is one of the co-authors of HB2619 which went before the subcommittee.  He testified before the subcommittee for about an hour.  His report, along with a link to the video of the proceedings, is below:


Kentucky legislature considers legalization of medical marijuana

Kentucky rests smack in the buckle of the Bible Belt, but the Bluegrass State could soon join 16 other states defying federal law with the legalization of medicinal marijuana.

On Jan. 31, Sen. Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville) introduced SB129, which would make marijuana a schedule II drug in the Commonwealth. Under the proposed law, patients with a valid prescription from a medical doctor could possess not more than five grams of marijuana in a month and could legally cultivate no more than five cannabis plants for personal medical use in Kentucky.

The bill designates the legislation the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act in honor of the four-time gubernatorial candidate. A well-known political figure in Kentucky, Galbraith championed individual rights over his long political career.

“We’re going to take the government out of your bedroom, your bloodstream, your brain, your bladder, your business, your billfold, your back pockets, your bingo halls and your Internet bulletin boards,” he said in a 1995 campaign speech.

Galbraith was an outspoken advocate of marijuana and industrial hemp legalization.

“All we want to do is what’s right for the people,” he once quipped.

Galbraith died last month at the age of 63.


NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Another Step in Virginia

On Friday, February 10th, the Committee of Courts of Justice in the Virginia House of Delegates voted in favor of House Bill 1160 (HB1160) – unanimously. The final vote was 16-0 with 2 abstaining.

The legislative goal of HB1160 is to codify in Virginia law noncompliance with what many are referring to as the “kidnapping provisions” of section 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The official summary of 1160:

“A BILL to prevent any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”

HB1160 is sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall and was introduced on 01-16-12. It previously passed out of Sub-Committee #2 Civil, by a vote of 6-3. After a series of action alerts by the Tenth Amendment Center nationally, and a number of supporting groups locally – Courts of Justice committee members heard from the people they represent that a full house hearing and vote to reject the NDAA is what they wanted.


Missouri Introduces Sound Money Act of 2012

The list of states introducing sound money legislation continues to grow.  The Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012 was introduced by Representative Paul Curtman as HB1637 and has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.  The bill seeks to make law, among other things, the following: “Gold and silver issued by the federal…


Another Log for the Government Spending Multiplier Fire

At the center of the debate over efforts by policymakers to “stimulate” the economy with government spending is the issue of fiscal multipliers. Some economists argue that government spending can be a free lunch: an additional dollar of government spending increases GDP by more than one dollar. Other economists say that government spending is not…