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.
While the bill doesn’t directly block federal agents from carrying out their new NDAA powers, this is part and parcel of a larger NDAA nullification campaign around the country. Currently more than 10 local governments have passed resolutions ranging from a denouncement of the federal act in multiple Colorado counties to requiring noncompliance with it in places like Fairfax, CA and Northampton, MA.
And, 11 states are currently considering legislation like Arizona’s – all based off the model legislation provided by the Tenth Amendment Center, the Liberty Preservation Act.
ARIZONA RESIDENTS – ACTION NEEDED NOW
As grassroots activists have already proved with this bill, public pressure can work – even a NO vote can be changed to a YES vote. At this late stage, it’s essential that the bill does not get held up, and that members continue to vote as they’ve done previously.
If you live in Arizona, please contact your State Senator today – not next week – right now. Politely, but strongly, insist that they again pass Senate Bill 1182.
And also contact Gov. Brewer and let her know you expect the State of Arizona to do what James Madison insisted was its duty and interpose on behalf of its citizens to stop the progress of evil.
Click HERE for Arizona Senate contact information.
Click HERE for the Gov. Brewer’s contact information.
HOUSE-APPROVED VERSION OF SB1182
A. 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.
B. THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OR A SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ANY ATTEMPT BY AGENCIES OR AGENTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SECURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTIONS 1021 AND 1022 OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, 2011 PUBLIC LAW 112-81 THROUGH THE OPERATIONS OF THAT OR ANY OTHER STATE DEPARTMENT.
C. ANY PUBLIC OFFICER, EMPLOYEE OR AGENT OF THIS STATE WHO ENFORCES OR ATTEMPTS TO ENFORCE AN ACT, ORDER, LAW, STATUTE, RULE OR REGULATION OF THE UNITED STATES IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS GUILTY OF A CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR.
To track NDAA nullification legislation across the U.S., click HERE.
If you don’t live in Arizona and your state has not taken steps to stop kidnapping under the NDAA, you can find model Liberty Preservation Act legislation that you can propose to your state representative or senator HERE.