Utah legislature unanimously passes anti-NDAA detention resolution

After some back-and-forth, and give-and-take, both the Utah House and Senate unanimously passed a compromise resolution addressing the detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act.

SCR11 “expresses concern” over the indefinite detainment in the NDAA and “urges the United States Congress to clarify, or repeal if found necessary, Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA to ensure protection of the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Utah Constitution.”

The resolution also reaffirms the right to due process under both the U.S. and state constitutions.

WHEREAS, the indefinite military detention of a citizen in the United States without charge or trial violates the right to be free from deprivation of life, liberty, or property without due process of law guaranteed by the United States Constitution, Amendment V and Utah Constitution, Article I, Section 14.

The final version of the resolution was not as strongly worded as the bill passed by the House, which expressed “disapproval of” sections 1021 and 1022, included more emphatic language describing the intent of those sections and called for outright repeal. But the compromise resolution was much stronger than the tepid bill first passed by the Senate. (Read about the legislative wrangling HERE.)

Ultimately, lawmakers hammered out differences in a conference committee. The final resolution passed the House 71-0 (with four not voting) and sailed through the Senate 26-0 (with three not voting).


Missouri Nullification Bill HB1534 makes progress, but action still needed

On March 6, 2012, the Public Hearing portion was completed on HB1534.

The Jeffersonian style nullification bill declares the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as unauthorized by the United States Constitution, and creates criminal penalties for persons enforcing or attempting to enforce the act. While the bill has been promised a prompt reporting following the public hearing, Spring Break will likely slow down the progress of this important act.

What we need to do now is to encourage the Missouri Speaker of the House, Rep. Steven Tilley, and Rep. John Diehl (Chairman of Rules Committee) to keep HB 1534 in the forefront. Politely explain why you are serious about the protection of you and your children’s healthcare freedom. And don’t forget to send a short thank-you to Rep. Kurt Bahr (bill sponsor), and Rep. Ward Franz (Chairman of General Laws Committee), and let them know you appreciate their work in protecting your freedoms through HB1534. Remember – If this should pass in Missouri, it will help serve as an example of how to preserve freedom in those states where  Federal nullification efforts are under way.