Tennessee Anti-Drone Bill Back in the Senate, Needs Your Help Now

droneSB0796/HB0591, or the “Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act,” has passed both the Senate and the House, but it is going back to the Senate Monday because of an overly vague and dangerous amendment added to the bill in the House.  That amendment should be rejected and the bill passed in its previous form.  (read on for details and action items)

Why is Amendment HA0452 Dangerous?

The House added amendment HA0452 to SB0796/HB0591 which adds a vague provision to the drone bill to allow the use of drones “To protect life and property during crowd monitoring situations.” Of course the amendment does nothing to define what should be considered a “crowd monitoring situation” which opens the bill up to vast misuse. So hypothetically state and local law enforcement could call anything they want “crowd monitoring” and use a drone.

Article 1 Section 7 of the Tennessee constitution doesn’t end with “well, unless you’re amongst a crowd.”

“That the people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions, from unreasonable searches and seizures; and that general warrants, whereby an officer may be commanded to search suspected places, without evidence of the fact committed, or to seize any person or persons not named, whose offences are not particularly described and supported by evidence, are dangerous to liberty and ought not to be granted.”

The Importance of the Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act

This drone bill is very important because there has been a great deal of concern in this country over the use of drones to spy on American citizens on U.S. soil with no warrant or other probable cause. The “Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act” will address this issue. It will require any use of drone technology in the state of Tennessee to do one of the following:

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Action Alert: Texas 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Needs Your Help!

Texas House Bill 928, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, passed out of the House Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility Committee. This bill is now in the House Calendars Committee, which will determine when the bill goes to the full State House.

Your Help is needed right now to move this important bill forward!

ACTION ITEMS for Texas HB928

1.  Contact the Chair of the Committee on Calendars.  Politely encourage him to move HB928 forward to the full house.

Rep. Todd Hunter. (512) 463-0672

2.  Contact all the rest of the members of the Committee on Calendars.  Respectfully urge each of them to vote YES on HB928 to move the bill to the full State House.

Contact information here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=83R&CmteCode=C050

3. Contact your own State representative.  Let him or her know that

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Louisiana Action Alert: Help Support the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

House Bill 45, the Louisiana Manufactured Firearms and Ammunition Act, has been assigned to the State House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice. It would nullify federal regulations under the “interstate commerce clause” on any firearm made and retained within Louisiana.

This bill states, in part: “all regulation of intrastate commerce is expressly reserved to the authority of the states. Manufacturing and sales of certain firearms, firearm accessories,and ammunition which are manufactured solely within the borders of the state of Louisiana and deemed to be matters of intrastate commerce and are not subject to federal regulation.”

HB45 not only protects the firearms within the state of Louisiana, but will also encourage firearm manufacturers to move to Louisiana from oppressive state laws elsewhere.

Passing HB45 will also promote job growth and protect firearms within the state of Louisiana. This bill was read on April 8th and needs to be approved by committee so it can move to the full house..  Your help is needed right now to make that happen.

ACTION ITEMS for House Bill 45

1. Contact the Chairman of the  Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice.  Politely but firmly let him know you’d like HB45 to be scheduled for a hearing and vote.  Also encourage him to vote YES on HB45.

Joseph P. Lopinto III (504)838-5430 lopintoj@legis.la.gov

2. Contact all the other members of the committee. Strongly, but respectfully

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Missouri: Act Now to Help Nullify Federal Gun Control

This week, the Missouri State House is likely to consider the strongest protection of the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the country.  HB436 would nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books – past, present and future.  It passed out of two committee this last week and is going to the floor on Monday to start the process there.

Your action is needed right now to help move this important bill forward!

ACTION ITEMS

1. Contact your State Representative NOW.  Strongly, but respectfully, urge him or her to vote YES on HB436.  Let them know that you consider this their duty – to stand up and protect the right to keep and bear arms.   Votes on this bill will be coming fast, so your action is needed NOW.  You can call in the evening and over the weekend too.  Make sure to leave a message, if necessary, and ask for a return call to talk about HB436.

contact info here:
http://www.house.mo.gov/legislatorlookup.aspx

2. Contact your State Senator.

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

New Hampshire HB399, The Liberty Preservation Act to nullify NDAA “indefinite detention” is up for an important hearing and possible vote on Tuesday!   It previously passed the House with a vote of 337-15 and is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Your action is needed right now to help move this important bill forward!

When making the following calls, 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 New Hampshire

1. Contact the Committee Chair. Thank her for scheduling this hearing.  And politely encourage her to vote YES on HB399.

Sharon Carson (603) 271-1403 sharon.carson@leg.state.nh.us

2. Contact the rest of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Strongly, but respectfully tell each of the committee members that you want a YES vote on HB399.

Bette Lasky (603) 271-4151 bette.lasky@leg.state.nh.us
David Boutin (603) 271-3092 david.boutin@leg.state.nh.us
Sam Catado (603) 271-4063 casac@worldpath.net
Donna Soucy (603) 271-4151 donna.soucy@leg.state.nh.us

3.  Attend the public hearing on Tuesday.  This bill will be heard on April 16th at 9:00am in room SH100.

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