Alabama Action Alert: Nullify Warrantless Drone Spying

Alabama SB317, the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, passed the State Senate judiciary committee unanimously, 8-0.  It will soon have a third reading and final vote in the state senate and needs your help to move forward!

This bill is currently the strongest anti-drone spying bill in the country, and your calls today can move it out of the Senate and on to the state house.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Contact your State Senator.  Strongly, but respectfully, urge a YES vote on SB317

contact info here:
http://www.legislature.state.al.us/misc/zipsearch.html

2. Share this information widely.  Please pass this along to your friends and family.  Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state.  Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.

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Michigan: Act Now to Help Nullify NDAA Indefinite Detention

Michigan HB4138, a bill that seeks to nullify NDAA indefinite detention in the state, has passed out of committee unanimously and will head to the State house floor very soon.  The companion bill, SB94, already passed in the senate, and your help is needed to keep the momentum going!

This is the final push in the House, so please take action today!

ACTION ITEMS

1. Contact your State Representative.  Strongly but respectfully, urge him or her to vote YES on HB4138 and oppose federally sanctioned kidnapping in Michigan.

http://house.michigan.gov/MHRPublic/

2. Encourage your local community to take action as well.  Present the Liberty Preservation Act to your city county, your town council, or your county commissioners.  Various local governments around the country are already passing similar resolutions and ordinances.  Local legislative action present a great way to strengthen a statewide campaign against NDAA indefinite detention

Model legislation here:
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/ndaa   

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Maine Industrial Hemp: Act Now to Nullify the Unconstitutional Federal Ban

Maine LD 525 is an Act to Promote Industrial Hemp. It recently passed out the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry by a vote of 9-1.  It will soon head to the full house for a debate and vote.

Under current Maine law, hemp is legal for certain purposes, though the law mandates that an individual can’t receive a license to grow until federal law changes – this measure would remove that requirement, and would allow farmers in the state to begin cultivating hemp this year.

Your help is needed right now to move this legislation forward!

1. Contact your STATE representative.  Strongly, but respectfully, let them know that you want a YES vote on LD525.  This bill is important for Maine farmers, it’s important for jobs, and it’s important for the economy.

Contact info here:
http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/townlist.htm

2. Share this information widely.  Please pass this along to your friends and family.  Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state.  Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.

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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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Nullification: America’s Game-Changer for Freedom

Almost a century ago, my paternal grandfather Pablito de Gracia was among the first Filipinos to come to Hawaii in search of freedom and a better life. I never knew him personally because he died of a heart attack in his early forties, having worked so hard to realize a dream of freedom and personal prosperity that never came to him. On the night Pablito’s heart failed, as he was dying his final thoughts were to use his remaining strength to run to my then-infant father’s crib. He passed away slumped against the rails, uttering the final words “God, please don’t let my son end up like me.”

Like my grandfather, millions of other immigrants throughout our nation’s history came to the United States because they were drawn to the shining promises of economic freedom, the right to personal privacy and the opportunity to pursue happiness without government standing in their way. We have come to call those things “the American Dream” but as the Founding Fathers recognized, they are inalienable rights that all men deserve as beings created in God’s image.

Today’s America brings great dishonor to both the Founding Fathers and men like my grandfather who believed in liberty and the promise of our Republic. Washington DC’s iron fist is squeezing to death our civil liberties and our economic opportunities. We are no longer treated as citizens to be protected and revered but as potential suspects to be monitored and controlled. In a nation whose revolution started with men like Patrick Henry reviling in horror at a man scourged to death for not taking a license, today our government believes it has the right to indefinitely detain without trial and even torture individuals it deems enemies of the state.

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Bill to Nullify Gun Control Off to Alaska Governor’s Desk

Alaska’s HB69, the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, had it’s third reading in the senate last night, April 10th, and passed with a 17-3 vote. It returned to the house this morning, where they voted 34-5 to concur with the Senate version. The bill will be transmitted to Governor Parnell’s desk.

If Parnell signs it into law, it would nullify a large swath of unconstitutional federal power over the right to keep and bear arms. It begins with the premise that violations of the 2nd Amendment are not law at all. It reads, in part:

a statute, regulation, rule, or order that has the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, or requiring the registration of any firearm or its ammunition infringes on an Alaskan’s right to bear arms in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and, therefore, is not made in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States, is not the supreme law of the land, and, consequently, is invalid in this state and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state

It continues, requiring the state to stand down on enforcement of federal laws violating the right to keep and bear arms:

A state or municipal agency may not use or authorize the use of an asset to implement or aid in the implementation of a requirement of
(1) an order of the President of the United States, a federal regulation, or a law enacted by the United States Congress that is applied to
(A) infringe on a person’s right, under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to keep and bear arms;

This is a VERY effective method to stop the federal government from infringing the right to keep and bear arms within Alaska. It’s a known fact that a vast majority of federal enforcement actions rely on state and local assets in order to have the manpower and resources to carry them out.  As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here)

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