Florida Anti-Drone Bill Passes Unanimously in Both Houses. Off to the Governor’s Desk

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 18, 2013) – A bill nullifying warrantless drone spying in the Sunshine State unanimously passed the Florida House this morning.  The 117-0 vote in the House concurred with last week’s 39-0 Senate vote and the bill will now go to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for a signature.

If signed into law, SB92 would prohibit any law enforcement agency from using unmanned drones to gather evidence or other information without a warrant.  It reads, in part:  “A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather evidence or other information.”

The bill opens the door for any person whose privacy is violated by a drone to take civil action and would also make any evidence gathered in violation of the act inadmissible in court.

The act makes its only exception allowing for the use of drones “to counter a high risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization if the United States Secretary of Homeland Security determines that credible intelligence indicates that there is such a risk.”

Some activists have criticized the bill due to this particular exception for one person in the federal government to authorize its use. While it does raise legitimate concerns, as things exist today,  Floridians have no protections against drone.

Today, without The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act: 

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Illinois House Votes to Nullify Federal Marijuana Laws, 61-57

The Illinois House passed a bill legalizing marijuana for medical use on Wednesday.  Passage into law would nullify, as 18 states are already doing, unconstitutional federal bans on the plant.

The 61-57 vote for HB1 was cheered by supporters who say the House has long been the highest hurdle for legalization; the Senate has previously passed similar legislation and Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday he was “open-minded” about the proposal.

Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to prohibit weed. The Supreme Court concurs. But sharing an opinion on something doesn’t necessarily make it a fact. You can claim you are a unicorn, but you’re not. Clearly, the Constitution delegates no power of marijuana regulation to the feds. And the so-called war on drugs rests on the same legal authority as all of the other modern-day undeclared wars.

None.

So, more and more states continue to do exactly what they should do when the federal government tries exercise power it does not legitimately possess.

Ignore it.

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Nullification for Dummies

Reading Steve Benen’s article Nullification must never be on the table, I was left trying to decide is Steve an idiot or a liar.

What?

Too harsh?

I’ll let you decide.

“Not to put too fine a point on this, but there’s nothing to discuss — state lawmakers can’t pick and choose which federal laws they’ll honor”  or so says Steve.

Well I guess it’s settled then, “there’s nothing to discuss.” Nullification is a no no.

What — you don’t buy his argument?

Well, neither do I.

On seeing his article, I was drawn to the picture of Abraham Lincoln standing in front of a Union Army tent with the caption “The last time we had a debate over nullification.”

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Third Kansas City Passes Second Amendment Resolution

LAKIN, Kan. (April 18, 2013) – The state of Kansas took center stage in the fight to stop federal violations of the Second Amendment on Tuesday when Gov. Sam Brownback signed the Second Amendment Protection Act into law.

But folks at the local level in Kansas continue to fight for their right to keep and bear arms as well.

On Monday night, Lakin became the third southwest Kansas city to approve a resolution in support of the Second Amendment. The city council unanimously passed a measure affirming support for the Second Amendment and declaring that city officials will not enforce laws or executive orders that violate the rights of gun owners.

“I feel most of the citizens in Lakin support the Second Amendment wholeheartedly, and we just wanted to get it on the books to say to the state and national level that we do support the Second  Amendment,” Lakin mayor Troy Michel told KSN news.

The cities of Ulysses and Syracuse recently passed similar resolutions, along with county councils in Seward and Grant counties.

Syracuse was the first town in Kansas to take a stand for the right to keep and bear arms, demonstrating how one local government standing up and create a domino effect.

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Louisiana House Committee Passes Firearms Freedom Act, 10-1

Today, the Louisiana House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice passed the Louisiana Manufactured Firearms and Ammunition Act by a vote of 10-1. House Bill 45 (HB45) would exempt firearms manufactured and remaining in the state of Louisiana from federal law, federal taxation or federal regulation, including registration.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Lopinto, finds its foundation in a proper understanding of the commerce clause.

“In the absence of a constitutional prohibition, or a specific delegation of authority to the United States government, all regulation of intrastate commerce isexpressly reserved to the authority of the states.”

It continues, nullifying the unconstitutional federal expansion of the commerce power by reasserting state control over items manufactured and retained in the state:

A Louisiana manufactured firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Louisiana pursuant to the provisions of this Part and which remains within the borders of Louisiana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the Louisiana Legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.

The Constitution states, “The Congress shall have power… to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes…The Congress shall have Power…to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

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Is “Something” Better Than “Nothing?” YES

Dear Delegates,

The watered-down versions of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions will be heard before the delegates on December 15, 1798. To ensure these resolutions will fail, it is CRITICAL that you contact the delegates and tell them to enact unreasonable penalties for those who enforce laws under the Sedition Act.

The federal government has spent the last three months fighting off nullification from Republicans Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others. These resolutions are sure to nullify our federal overreach against the federal agents that try to inflict Sedition onto the people. These nullification resolutions will give the people local protection.

These efforts are aided by citizens at the local level, citing the Tenth Amendment, who want a victory at the federal governments expense. But now, Jefferson, Madison and others are walking around claiming that the people of the states are duty bound to use nullification.

What we need to do to kill these efforts that would stop the protection of federal agents who will inflict the Sedition Act on the people, regardless of what the Constitution says, is make the resolutions too unrealistic to pass.

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Madison County Tennessee Passes “Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution”

MadisonCoCourthouseMadison County Tennessee now has two firsts. The county was the first in Tennessee to pass a 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution against federal gun control schemes, and now it is the first in Tennessee to pass an Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution.

The resolution is intended to protest and push back against the federal government’s efforts toward passage of an internet sales tax.

Commissioner Adrian Eddleman told the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center that the resolution passed the Madison County Commission with the support of 15 out of 25 county commissioners.

The full text of the “Internet Sales Tax Opposition Resolution” is below.

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