Montana Governor Steve Bullock Officially Supports Indefinite Detention

By using his veto on HB522, a bill that would have prohibited the state from assisting the federal government in any way with the “indefinite detention” provisions of the NDAA, Bullock has made his position quite clear. He not only supports indefinite detention, he wants to ENSURE that Montana resources are used to help carry it out.

Montana Governor Veto Statement of HB522 (04-22-13)

There is absolutely ZERO serious dispute about the fact that the federal government cannot “commandeer” the states to carry out its laws.  None. Even the Supreme Court has affirmed this multiple times.

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Bill To Nullify Warrantless Drone Use In Tennesse Passes, Sent To Gov. Haslam’s Desk

The Tennessee legislature gave final approval to a bill restricting drone use in the state and sent it on to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk on the last day of the legislative session.

A conference committee hammered out differences and both chambers gave approval to SB796/HB591 Friday. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before deploying a drone.

The act allows four exceptions for drone use without a warrant.

1. To “counter a high risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization” identified by the Department of Homeland Security.

2. When the law enforcement agency “possesses reasonable suspicion that, under particular circumstances, swift action is needed to prevent imminent danger to life.”

3. To “provide continuous aerial coverage when law enforcement is searching for a fugitive or escapee or is monitoring a hostage situation.”

4. To “provide more expansive aerial coverage when deployed for the purpose of searching for a missing person.”

Even when operating under these exceptions,  “the use of a drone to gather evidence or information shall constitute a search. Any law enforcement agency that uses a drone, or other substantially similar device to gather evidence or obtain information, shall comply in all respects with the fourth amendment to the Constitution of the United States and article I, § 7, of the Constitution of Tennessee. ”

A provision allowing for the use of drones “to protect life and property during crowd monitoring situations,” in the House bill was removed in the final version.

The House approved SB796 after approval in the conference committee 72-17 with two representatives not voting. The Senate initially gave its approval 32-0.

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Montana Action Alert: Override Bullock’s Veto of Anti-NDAA Bill

Earlier this month the Montana Senate approved House Bill 522 (HB522) by a vote of 43-7, concurring with the State house which previously voted to approve the bill by a 98-0 vote.

Today, Montana Governor Steve Bullock vetoed the bill, which would protect the citizens of Montana from being detained by the feds – without due process – by banning  state compliance with, enforcement of, or any assistance for NDAA “indefinite detention”.

People came from across the political spectrum in favor of this bill. The ACLU, Tenth Amendment Center, Oath Keepers and many others worked in favor. On the second reading there were still 13 votes against, but the grassroots rallied and barraged those offices with calls for the final vote. The people of Montana have spoken on indefinite detention. They don’t want it.

Because of the majority who voted for this bill, the governor’s veto can be overridden. However, the vote to override still has to be passed and should come up on the House floor on Tuesday, April 23rd.

ACTION ALERT

1. Call your State Representative. Call now, even if you just leave a voicemail overnight. Focus special attention on Democrats, who might waver in the face of the Democratic Governor issuing a veto. Remind them that indefinite detention and due process is NOT a partisan issue. Let them know you want a YES vote on HB522 – vote principle over party. The original vote was 98-0 – so any help you can give in encouraging your representative to hold their ground will help override this veto!

Contact info here:
http://leg.mt.gov/css/find%20a%20legislator.asp

2. Call your State Senator. Do the same with the State Senate. Call now. Don’t email. Call, leave a message if necessary. YES on HB522!

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Kansas: Act Now to Ensure the 2nd Amendment Protection Act is Enforced

The Kansas 2nd Amendment Protection Act, now signed into law by Governor Brownback, is one of the strongest in the country to defend the right to keep and bear arms! However, the struggle supporting the right to keep and bear arms is far from over.

The new law states that “Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.”

What’s most important is what is defined by “the second amendment to the constitution of the United States.”  The bill clarifies:

“The second amendment to the constitution of the United States reserves to the people, individually, the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that Kansas was admitted to statehood in 1861, and the guaranty of that right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Kansas and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Kansas in 1859 and the United States in 1861.”

Based off this text, the state of Kansas is not allowed to participate in any federal gun control measures that restrict the individual right to keep and bear arms as understood in 1861.    As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance will make federal gun control measures “nearly impossible to enforce.”  (video here)

It’s going to take work to ensure that this is how things play out.  Here’s what you can start doing right now. 

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Washington State Action Alert: Help Nullify the Unconstitutional Federal Ban on Hemp Farming

On Thursday, April 4th, the Washington State House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government had a hearing on HB1888, the Hemp Freedom Act. The bill had already passed the committee on Government Accountability & Oversight by a vote of 8-0.  (more details about the legislation and the Constitutional view below)

Although the hearing went well and the committee members seemed to be supportive, they did not vote to move the bill to the floor. However, there is still a chance for this bill to get a floor vote.  Speaker of the House, Frank Chopp, and Minority Leader, Richard DeBolt, can choose to pull this bill from the committee to the floor. The bill sponsors are urging us to call these leaders and ask them to do so.

TAKE ACTION!  

1. Call Speaker Chopp’s office and strongly, but politely, urge him to support the economic benefits, and job creation of industrial hemp by bringing HB1888 out of committee to a floor vote.

phone: (360) 786-7920

2. Follow that up with a phone call to Minority Leader, Richard DeBolt.

phone: (360) 786-7896

3. Share with your friends and neighbors about the benefits of industrial hemp, and urge them to call. This is a non partisan issue that could greatly benefit our state!  

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Oregon House Votes to Nullify Warrantless Drone Spying, 52-7

Last week, the Oregon House overwhelmingly passed  a bill to nullifying warrantless drone spying.

HB2710 “provides that law enforcement agency may use drone to intercept communications only as provided under laws relating to wiretaps and other interceptions of communications. Requires destruction of images and other information acquired by use of drone within 30 days unless information is needed as evidence in criminal prosecution. Requires that public bodies that use drones adopt policies on use of drones. Requires procedure for notifying public of policies on use of drones. Prohibits use of weaponized drones by public bodies. Declares emergency, effective on passage.”

The bill cleared the House 52-7 and moves on to the Senate for consideration.

Please contact your senator. Tell them to vote YES on HB2710 to stop warrantless spying by drones.

Action Items for HB2710.

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New York: Act Now to Say NO to Drone Spying!

New York Assembly Bill 6244, Protection Against Unwarranted Surveillance, is a bill to nullify warrantless drone spying.  It just passed out of committee and needs your help to move forward in the full State Assembly.

A6244 reads, in part: “no  person  or  entity  acting under color of the authority of any state, county, municipal or local governmental entity or  authority,  or acting  on  behalf  of any such entity or authority, shall use, operate, engage or employ an unmanned aerial vehicle as defined in  this  section to  gather  evidence or other information related to a criminal investigation, criminal case, or conduct in violation of regulation except when authorized under a warrant issued by a court of record or  justified  by  lawful exception to the warrant requirement.”

Please take the following steps to help advance this important legislation!

1. Contact your representative in the State Assembly.  Strongly, but respectfully, let him or her know that you want a YES vote on AB06244.

contact info here:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search

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Colorado: Act Now to Nullify the Unconstitutional Federal Ban on Hemp

Senate bill 13-241, a bill to legalize Industrial Hemp within Colorado borders has passed the state Senate and is moving the house for concurrence.  If passed into law, the bill would nullify the current unconstitutional federal ban on farming and production of hemp within the state. This legislation will return regulation of hemp where it belongs, to the state of Colorado.

The bill passed the Senate late last week by a vote of 34-1.  It has been assigned to the House Agriculture, Livestock and Resources Committee. Your help is needed to move this bill forward and nullify the unconstitutional federal ban on hemp farming and production.

The United States is currently the world’s #1 importer of hemp, which is used in food products, clothing, oil and much more.  The top exporters are China and Canada.  The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to the Congressional Resource Service.  At this time of economic difficulty, 13-241 would not only expand freedom and support the Constitution, it would also be a great jobs bill.

Action Items

1. Contact the Chairman on  the House Agriculture, Livestock and Resources Committee. Thank the Chairman for sponsoring this bill and let him know you’d like to see a hearing and vote on it soon.

Randy Fischer 303-866-2917 randyfischer@frii.com

2. Contact all the other Members of the Committee. Respectfully let each of them know you want a YES vote on SB13-241. Educate them on the fact that hemp is used in a LOT of products in your local grocery store.  So why shouldn’t Colorado farmers earn an income instead of importing from China or Canada?

Ed Virgil 303-866-2916 edvigil1@gmail.com
Perry Buck 303-866-2907 perrybuck49@gmail.com
Don Coram 303-866-2955 don.coram.house@state.co.us

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Illinois: Act now to help stop warrantless drone spying

Illinois SB1587, the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, passed the State Senate with a vote of 52-1.  It is now in the House and has been referred to the Rules Committee.

If passed into law, a vast majority of drone use would be ended in Illinois.   This is a BIG step forward for the privacy in the State of Illinois.  Please act now, to support SB1587.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Contact the House Chair on Rules.  Politely ask her to schedule a hearing and vote YES on SB1587

Barbara Currie (217) 782-8121

2. Contact all the other members of the Rules Committee. Strongly, but respectfully, urge each of them to vote YES on SB1587.

Timothy Schmitz (217) 782-5457
Lou Lang (217) 782-1252
David Leitch (217) 782-8108
Frank Mautino (217) 782-0140

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