HB13-1045, The Liberty Preservation Act to stop NDAA “indefinite detention” in the State of Colorado, has a do-or-die vote this coming week – as early as Monday. Phone calls are needed now, even over the weekend, to help this bill pass.
That week, in a surprise turnaround due to the large number of phone calls legislators received in support, the bill passed out of committee by a 7-4 vote. 4 Republicans and 3 Democrats joined in favor.
But, inside sources say that one State Rep might make an effort to kill the bill in the full house as early as Monday, and your help is needed to get enough legislators in the YES column to prevent that from happening.
NOTE: With a vote coming as early as Monday, Calls should even be made on the weekend or in the evenings. Leave a message on their voicemail and ask to have someone return your call so that you can hear back from the legislator or their staff.
1. Contact your state representative. Strongly, but respectfully, inform your representative that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote on HB 13-1045, which will allow the full state house vote on the bill. HB 13-1045 can be viewed here.
2. Call the following representatives who are still on the fence. Thank them for considering the bill and urge them to vote YES on HB13-1045. Be sure to let them know that you want them to “vote on principle, not party.”
– Bob Gardner (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2191
-Amy Stephens (R): email@example.com 303-866-2924
-Cheri Gerou (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2582
-Paul Rosenthal (D): email@example.com 303-866-2910
-Pete Lee (D): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2932
-Daniel Kagan (D): email@example.com 303-866-2921
-Max Tyler (D): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2951
-Angela Williams (D): email@example.com 303-866-2909
3. Call representatives who’ve indicated that they’ll support HB13-1045. Thank them for supporting the bill and give them some encouragement to follow through with the final YES vote this week. The more they hear from people like you, the greater the chance they’ll hold fast and help lead us to victory.
-Perry Buck (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2907
-Dominick Moreno (D): email@example.com 303-8662964
-Joe Salazar (D): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2918
-Steve Lebsock (D): email@example.com 303-866-2931
-Lori Saine (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2906
-Brian DelGrosso (R): email@example.com 303-866-2947
-Mark Waller (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-5523
-Clarice Navarro-Ratzalf (R): email@example.com 303-866-2905
-Tim Dore (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2398
-Frank McNulty (R): email@example.com 303-866-2936
-Libby Szabo (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2962
-Spencer Swalm (R): email@example.com 303-866-5510
-Chris Holbert (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2933
-Carole Murray (R): email@example.com 303-866-2948
-Kevin Priola (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2912
-Kathleen Conti (R): email@example.com 303-866-2953
-Ray Scott (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-3068
-Jeanne Labuda (D): email@example.com 303-866-2966
-Ed Vigil (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2916
-Diane Mitschbush (D): email@example.com 303-866-2923
-Claire Levy (D): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2578
-Bob Rankin (R): email@example.com 303-866-2949
-James Wilson (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2747
-Lois Landgraf (R): email@example.com 303-866-2946
-Janak Joshi (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2937
-Jerry Sonnenberg (R): email@example.com 303-866-3706
-Don Coram (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2955
-Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D): email@example.com 303-866-2346
-Polly Lawrence (R): firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2935
4. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Present the Liberty Preservation Act to your city county, your town council, or your county commissioners. Various local governments around the country are already passing similar resolutions and ordinances. Local legislative action present a great way to strengthen a statewide campaign against NDAA indefinite detention
model legislation here:
5. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
BACKGROUND ARTICLES AND INFORMATION ON NDAA “INDEFINITE DETENTION”
Note: while some believe that the 2013 NDAA eliminated indefinite detention, it does not. Dianne Feinstein introduced a very weak amendment to 2013 – and it failed anyway. 2012 indefinite detention provisions remain in tact – and the Obama administration is aggressively defending them in court.
Also, a case about indefinite detention is still being heard in federal court. Last year, Federal Judge Katherine Forrest struck down these indefinite detention powers as unconstitutional. She issued a temporary court order blocking the use of these powers. That order was revoked by the appeals court and indefinite detention powers remain while the case is currently on appeal but not decided.
Additionally, when asked by Judge Forrest if the federal government was using indefinite detention in violation of her temporary order blocking it, Barack Obama’s attorneys refused to confirm, leaving the door open that the Feds were potentially using this power in secret, even in outright defiance of an order from the federal courts.
Because of all this, and more, Colorado stands on strong ground to reject a federal power which has already been struck down in federal court and is still pending appeal.
The Colorado State House should pass HB13-1045 with full confidence.