Arizona Senate Bill 1182 (SB1182) is one step away from being sent to Governor Jan Brewer for a signature. The bill 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″
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 2 “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.
Although the bill was expected to move quickly through the “committee of the whole” in the House and then on to the full house for a floor vote, it didn’t budge. Opponents used parliamentary procedures to try to hold the bill over to next year too – effectively killing it. But again, the grassroots rose up and put pressure on both the Speaker of the House and other key members. SB1182 was placed on the calendar for the House Committee of the Whole today – and passed by a voice vote.
Next step? A vote by the full House – expected soon. (ACTION STEPS AND FULL BILL TEXT BELOW)
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
The bill is moving forward, but is far from passing the final hurdles. It still needs approval in the house, and a signature from Governor Jan Brrewer. Behind the scenes, we’ve heard indications that Brewer “has reservations” about signing the bill.
But, as grassroots activists proved twice with this bill – a NO vote can be changed to a YES vote with public pressure.
If you live in Arizona, the time to act is now. Contact your representative and politely, but strongly, insist that they pass Senate Bill 1182.
And also contact Gov. Brewer and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and let them 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 legislature 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.