Missouri House Votes to Nullify Obamacare in its Entirety

On April 19, 2012, HB:1534 passed the Missouri House with a vote of 108 to 44! The 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”

But the good news doesn’t stop there. Inside reports tell us that when the absent Representatives who have committed to vote “yes” are able to do so, HB1534 should have a veto-proof majority.

This is a major step beyond what a number of states around the country – including Missouri – have been doing previously, rejecting just the mandate portion of the federal act.

(To see how your Missouri Representative voted, please see the following link: Ayes and Noes of 1534. If they voted “No”, you may wish to let them know your concern by sending them a polite message. Use the following link to look up your Missouri Representative.)

Additionally, it’s important to notice that when HB1534 was “perfected” in the Missouri House several days ago (with a vote of 109 to 49) – there weren’t any amendments offered. This also is encouraging, as it means that the preferred language, consisting of a Jeffersonian style nullification of Obamacare (along with the arrest of federal officials who attempt to enforce Obamacare), was retained in the bill.


NDAA Nullification Passes Arizona House

Just one day after Virginia became the first state in the country to pass an NDAA Nullification bill – refusing to comply with the federal government on “indefinite detention” powers of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act – the Arizona House voted to approve a similar measure, moving that state one step closer to being the 2nd in the nation.

Arizona Senate Bill 1182 (SB1182) states in part that: ”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″

Today, the House approved the bill by a vote of 34-22.

“I’m very grateful that the Arizona House just passed my NDAA bill protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens.  These rights must never be taken for granted for any reason.  National security is not a justification for depriving our citizens of their inalienable rights,” bill sponsor Sen. Sylvia Allen said.

SB1182 previously passed the Arizona Senate by a vote of 21-9, and after a minor amendment in the House, now goes back to the Senate for concurrence before being sent to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk for a signature. Opponents have used a number of parliamentary procedures in an effort to delay, stall, or even kill the bill, but grassroots activism has brought it back from the dead on multiple occasions. Most prominently? After passing the Senate by a vote of 21-9, the bill quickly went to a House committee vote and was rejected 5-4. But, a strong grassroots campaign pressed two “swing votes” on the committee to reconsider, and a motion was made within days to do just that. It wasn’t on the calendar but was voted on promptly. It passed the House Rules committee by a vote of 6-3 last month.

Inside sources tell the Tenth Amendment Center that some establishment Republicans want to keep this bill off of Brewer’s desk, and while there is strong support in the Senate in favor, it’s possible that some Senate members will attempt to hold the bill up so that it dies before it ever gets there.


Arizona Moves to Regain Sovereignty

In December of last year an amendment to Arizona’s constitution was introduced by representatives Chester Crandell, Brenda Barton, and state senator Sylvia Allen. On Monday the proposed change was approved by committee in the state’s senate, as reported by The Yuma Sun, and with full Senate approval will begin making its way to the ballot in November.

The proposed amendment, HCR 2004, is intended to reassert Arizona’s sovereignty as a state, and regain control over much of the state’s lands and resources. According to Section C. of the proposal: “The State of Arizona declares its sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within its boundaries….” The authors made exceptions for existing military posts, Indian reservations, and federal property, pursuant to the US constitution’s Article I, Section 8, Clause 17.

According to senator Allen, the federal government made “an implicit promise” to the state of Arizona in 1912, in exchange for control over large sections of state lands. The deal was supposed to allow the federal government to sell off the land to pay the national debt, but as Allen describes, this never happened.

Presently the feds control almost half of the state’s lands, with total holdings standing at well over 100,000 square miles. Private ownership amounts to only seventeen percent, with the remaining territory is held by the state and reservations.