Millinocket, Maine Passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

The Town Sovereignty movement continues in Maine, this time with the 2nd Amendment. The Town of Millinocket has passed a 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution. The final Town Council vote was 5-2 in favor.

Town Councilor Jimmy Busque and Michelle Anderson both explained the importance of this Resolution to those present. Busque explained the importance of the resolution and why it’s passage was required, followed by Anderson discussing the history of nullification.

The successful passage vote followed.

The Resolution text reads:

WHEREAS, in the American system, sovereignty is defined as final authority, and the People, not government, are sovereign; and

WHEREAS, the people of the State of Maine are not united with the People of the other forty-nine states that comprise the United States of America on a principle of unlimited submission to their federal government; and

WHEREAS, all power not delegated by the people to government is retained; and

WHEREAS, the People of the several States comprising the United States of America created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes only; and

WHEREAS, the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people;” and

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Kansas TSA Nullification Bill Passes Out of Committee

Yesterday, a bill to nullify TSA overreach moved forward in Kansas. HB 2175 passed out of the Committee on Federal and State Affairs with only 1 recorded NO vote. The bill should now move forward to the floor for a vote by the whole house.

This bill amends the 2012 Kansas statutes. “Official misconduct is any of the following acts committed by a public officer or employee in the officer or employee’s public capacity or under color of the officer or employee’s office or employment.”

Section 7 states, “as part of a determination of whether to grant another person access to a publicly accessible venue or form of transportation, intentionally and without probable cause: (A) Touches the genitals, buttocks, anus or female breasts of such person, including touching through clothing; (B) removes a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of such child’s parent or legal guardian, or a person standing in the stead of such child’s parent or legal guardian; (C) commits a violation of subsection (a) or (b) of K.S.A. 2012 Supp.21-5412, and amendments thereto; or (D) harasses, delays, coerces, threatens, intimidates, or denies or conditions such person’s accessibility because of such person’s refusal to consent to subsections (a)(7)(A), (a)(7)(B) or (a)(7)(C).”

This bill will punish any violators. “Upon conviction of official misconduct a public officer or employee shall forfeit such officer or employee’s office or employment. (c) The provisions of subsection (a)(1) shall not apply to any use of persons or property which: (1) At the time of the use, is authorized by law or by formal written policy of the governmental entity; or (2) constitutes misuse of public funds.”

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Brooksville Joins Maine Food Sovereignty Movement

A growing movement over the last couple of years in Maine has just gained another member. Brooksville, by a vote of 112-64, has passed a Food Sovereignty Ordinance. The movement, which began with the Town of Sedgwick, has grown to nine with the latest addition.

The ordinance exempts “producers and processors” of local foods in town from state and federal licensure and inspection, so long as they leave the middleman out and sell their produce, baked goods, dairy and meat directly to customers.

As Brooksville joins a number of other Hancock County towns in passing an ordinance, the battle still continues on for Blue Hill farmer Dan Brown. The State of Maine went after Brown for selling raw milk. The sale was technically in violation of State laws currently in effect, but they were nullified when Blue Hill passed the same Food Sovereignty ordinance. The case still awaits a decision in Hancock County Superior Court.

Kaylene Waindle, special assistant to the Attorney General, weighed in with a predictable claim. Just as predecessor Bill Schneider believed, current Attorney General Janet Mills also believes that government supremacy is always valid.

“These ordinances are pre-empted by state law,” Waindle said, as reported by Bangor Daily News. “They do not offer protection under the law. So people who engage in a conduct that runs contrary to state law its requirements could be found in violation of the law.”

Brooksville citizens disagree.

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Bill to Implement the Ohio Health Care Freedom Act in Committee

Ohio lawmakers hope to put some teeth into the state’s constitutional amendment protecting Ohioans’ health care freedom.

Ohio Bill HB91 introduced by Representatives Ron Young and Andy Thompson on March 5, would restrict a health insurer in the State of Ohio from charging a penalty (tax) to either an employer or an individual who does not purchase a health insurance plan under the national Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A health insurance issuer operating in this state shall not accept any remuneration, credit, or subsidy, as described in 42 U.S.C. 18082, that may result in the imposition of penalties against any employer or individual in this state.

Violation of the act would come with a heavy penalty.

If a health insurance issuer violates division (A) of this section, the issuer’s license to issue new business in the state shall be suspended immediately and until such time as the issuer represents it has returned that remuneration, credit, or subsidy to its source and will decline any such future remuneration, credit, or subsidy. Such suspensions shall not be construed as impairing the right of contract or the right to continue or renew existing business in the state.

The bill already has 19 cosponsors signed on.

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Utah Legislature Passes Bill Slowing Decision On Medicaid Expansion

SALT LAKE CITY (March 14, 2013) – The Utah legislature passed a bill that would slow any decision on expanding  Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but stopped short of prohibiting expansion all together.

The Senate voted 22-0-2 to approve HB0391 on Wednesday, and the House concurred with a Senate amendment the same day by a 51-23-1 vote. The bill now goes on to Gov. Gary Herbert for a signature.

The legislation prohibits expansion of Medicaid by the governors office without several criteria being met, including the completion of several studies and notification of the legislature in compliance with the legislative review process.

The original bill introduced by Rep. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) would have blocked expansion completely. The softer language was introduced in the upper chamber by  Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross), who indicated he thought state policymakers should take more time before making a final decision.

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