Washington State Legislation Takes on Drones

Washington is joining many other states in the fight over unmanned aerial vehicles. As the public grows more concerned over their possible use, state reps are responding by creating legislation to deal with the potential privacy violations that could ensue.

HB 1771, was introduced earlier this month by Representative David Taylor. It has 19 co-sponsors, including both democrats and republicans. The intention of the bill is to protect Washington citizens from warrantless surveillance, reduce liability, and create clear standards under which unmanned aerial vehicles may be utilized by various agencies.

The bill not only speaks to the procurement of drones, but also deals with the kind of information that will be collected, and what can be done with it. “All operations of a public unmanned aircraft system or disclosure of personal information about any person acquired through the operation of a public unmanned aircraft system shall be conducted in such a way as to minimize the collection and disclosure of personal information not authorized under this chapter.”
It goes on to list personal information as including a broad spectrum of things, such as anything that describes, locates or indexes anything about a person (licenses, identification numbers, tax returns, intellectual property etc.), and anything that affords a basis for inferring personal characteristics ( registration and membership in organizations, finger and voice prints, etc.)

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Colorado NDAA Nullification Bill Passes House Committee, 7-4

Today, the Colorado State House Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs took up HB13-1045, which was introduced by Representative Jared Wright. After some sharp discussion and debate, the committee approved the bill in a bipartisan vote. Four republicans joined three democrats in voting yes and the final tally was 7-4.

The bill will now move on to the next step, a floor debate and vote in the full Colorado State House. Residents of Colorado are strongly encouraged to take action to help this bill keep moving forward. (details below)

HB13-1045 prohibits any agent or agency of the state from participating in or supporting the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) which are still held to be the law by the federal government, even though such powers are nowhere authorized in the Constitution.

Representative Wright said that 1045 was a “top priority to introduce this bill to defend liberty.” He continued, “Congress has overstepped its bounds. For any citizen in Colorado that could be arrested by any federal agency or military and held under military law where rights and due process are suspended is wrong.”

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Arizona HB2573, NDAA Nullification Bill, needs your HELP!

We only have until the end of THIS WEEK to have the Judiciary Committee hear this bill so that it can continue to move forward! The Judiciary Committee is lead by Eddie Farnsworth, he’s the one that decides if the bill is heard or not! If this bill isn’t assigned to a committee by the end of THIS WEEK, the bill is DEAD!!!

ACTION ITEMS

1. We need to contact Eddie Farnsworth and demand that he lets HB2573 be voted on in the Judiciary Committee!  Strongly, but respectfully, let him know that you’ll accept nothing less.

2. Also contact Representative Carl Seel and Senator Judy Burges and urge them contact Representative Eddie Farnsworth to tell him to hear their bill that they’re sponsoring!

3. Contact all the bill co-sponsors and ask them to do the same – reach out to Rep Farnsworth and request a hearing.

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Madison County, Tennessee Commission to Vote on 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

MadisonCoCourthouseThe Madison County Commission in Tennessee will cast its votes on its Second Amendment Preservation Resolution on Tuesday, February 19 at 8:15 AM Central time.  All citizens of Madison County who support the right to keep and bear arms are encouraged to attend the meeting to show their support.

The meeting will be held at the UT Agri Complex at 606 Airways Blvd. in Jackson, Tennessee.  More details on the meeting can be found at the Facebook event posted at https://www.facebook.com/events/553036768054735/.

Contact your county commissioners here: http://www.co.madison.tn.us/index.aspx?nid=154.

Commissioner Adrian Eddleman introduced the resolution, and it is based 0n a model resolution provided by the Tenth Amendment Center.  The text of the resolution is as follows:

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Wyoming Action Alert: Firearms Protection Act Hearing in the State Senate

Wyoming’s Firearms Protection Act, HB104, is “an act relating to firearms; providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming; providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date.” This act nullifies all federal laws made after Jan. 1, 2013.

It recently passed the state house by a vote of 46-13 and was sent to the State Senate. On Wednesday, February 20th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the bill. HB104 will need to be approved by the committee before it is sent to the full Senate for debate and a vote.

ACTION ITEMS for Wyoming Residents

1. Contact John Schiffer (R-Kaycee), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, email him at John.Schiffer@wyoleg.gov

Urge him to support HB-104. Strongly, but respectfully, tell him to pass this bill out of committee without amendments or any delay.

2. Next contact the following members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and voice your support for HB-104 — the Firearm Protection Act.

Bruce Burns (R-Sheridan)

Bruce.Burns@wyoleg.gov

Leland Christensen (R-Teton)
Leland.Christensen@wyoleg.gov

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Maryland Action Alert: Help Nullify NDAA “Indefinite Detention”

The Liberty Preservation Act to stop NDAA “indefinite detention” in the State of Maryland has been scheduled for a hearing on 02/21/2013.  The hearing will be at 1pm in the House Committee on Health and Government Operations.  The bill needs your immediate support to move forward – phone calls and emails should be made right away.

Please contact all committee members to express your support for this legislation.  We urge you to CALL and EMAIL.  Strongly, but respectfully, inform the committee members that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote on HB0558, which will allow the full state house to debate and vote on it as well.

You can call in the evenings and over the weekend as well.  If you reach their voicemail, leave a message so their offices know first thing the next business morning that a large number of people support HB0558. In your voicemail, make sure to ask that they call you back so that you can speak to the legislator or staff directly.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Call the Chairman, and Vice-Chairman
Thank them for allowing a hearing on HB0558 and strongly, but respectfully, urge them to vote yes to allow the bill a debate and vote in the full State house:

Peter Hammen, chair
Phone: 410-841-3772
Email: peter.hammen@house.state.md.us

Shane E. Pendergrass, vice-chair
Phone: 410-841-3139
Email: shane.pendergrass@house.state.md.us

2. Call the other Members of the Committee.  Strongly, but respectfully, urge them to vote YES in support of HB0558 so the full House can debate and vote on the bill.

Eric M. Bromwell
Phone: 410-841-3766
Email: eric.bromwell@house.state.md.us

Robert A. Costa
Phone: 410-841-3551
Email: bob.costa@house.state.md.us

Bonnie Cullison

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Action Alert: Help Nullify NDAA ‘Indefinite Detention’ in New Hampshire

The Liberty Preservation Act to stop NDAA “indefinite detention” in the State of New Hampshire has been scheduled for a hearing on 02/21/2013.  The hearing will be at 10am in the House Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs.  The bill needs your immediate support to move forward – phone calls and emails should be made right away.

Please contact all committee members to express your support for this legislation.  We urge you to CALL and EMAIL.  Strongly, but respectfully, inform the committee members that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote on HB399, which will allow the full state house to debate and vote on it as well.

You can call in the evenings and over the weekend as well.  If you reach their voicemail, leave a message so their offices know first thing the next business morning that a large number of people support HB399. In your voicemail, make sure to ask that they call you back so that you can speak to the legislator or staff directly.

ACTION ITEMS
for HB399, Committee on Health and Government Operations

1. Call the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Clerk:
Chair: Robert Theberge: (603)752-5672
Vice Chair: Cynthia Sweeney: (603)826-4666
Clerk: Dale Spainhower: (603)750-4112

2. Call the other Members:
Patrick Garrity, District 14
Linda Massimilla: (603)444-5270
Timothy Smith : (603)657-0324
Lars Christiansen: (603)889-0481
Jeanine Notter: (603)423-0408
Eric Palangas: (603)622-4638
David McCloskey: (603)626-7692

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Action Alert: Help Nullify NDAA “Indefinite Detention” in Washington State

Washington’s HB 1581 – The Preservation of Liberty Act – stopping NDAA indefinite detention, is up for an important hearing in Olympia this week.

Your help is needed to get this bill passed!

ACTION STEPS

1. Please CALL and EMAIL all members of the House Public Safety Committee. Urge them – strongly but politely – to PASS HB 1581 so that it can go to the full House for a vote.

It’s a good step to make calls over the holiday as well. Leave a message so their offices know first thing the next morning that a large number of people support HB1581. In your voicemail, make sure to ask that they call you back so that you can speak to the representative or staff directly.

Roger Goodman, chair   (360)786-7878    roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov
(Please thank Roger for giving this bill a hearing!)
Mary Helen Roberts, vice chair    (360)786-7950    maryhelen.roberts@leg.wa.gov
Brad Klippert    (360) 786-7882    brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov
Dave Hayes    (360)786-7914    dave.hayes@leg.wa.gov
Sherry Appleton    (360)786-7934    sherry.appleton@leg.wa.gov

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Indiana Action Alert: Nullify NDAA Indefinite Detention, full Senate vote coming soon.

SB0400, The Liberty Preservation Act to stop NDAA “indefinite detention” in the State of Indiana is due for a full debate and vote in the State Senate very soon.  It recently passed out of committee by an 8-0 vote.  But, your help is needed to press your State Senator to vote YES so the bill can be voted on in the House as well.

We urge you to CALL and EMAIL.  Strongly, but respectfully, inform your State Senator that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote on SB0400.

1. Call your state senator and ask him or her to vote YES SB400.
Click the link here to find your Senator’s Contact information
http://district.iga.in.gov/DistrictLookup/

2.  Call your state representative and urge them to be ready to fully sponsor and support SB400 if it gets to their chamber.
Find your rep through this link:

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Action Alert: 2nd Amendment Preservation Act in Missouri

A bill has been introduced in both the Missouri State House and Senate to nullify all federal gun control measures.  HB436 and SB325 are likely the broadest in any state of the country (20+ states are now considering bills to nullify federal gun control in some form)

HB436 & SB325 declares that the federal government lacks jurisdiction to enforce ANY gun control in Missouri — it protects the guns you bought from in or OUT of Missouri, and it defends us from new or OLD federal gun control laws.

Both bills provide for criminal charges for federal agents attempting to enforce gun control measures in the State of Missouri.  Your immediate help is needed to get these bills moving forward!

ACTION STEPS:

1.  Contact your state Senator and let him or her know that you want them to support SB325.  Strongly, but respectfully, inform them that a YES vote on SB325 is the only thing you’ll find acceptable.

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