Today, the TAC published a letter regarding our position on the State of the Union speech from Pres. Obama tonight. See the full public document below.Details
Introduced by Rep. Eric Allan Koch (R-65), House Bill 1009 (HB1009) “Prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and tracking devices to conduct warrantless searches,” with very limited exceptions.Details
JACKSON, Miss., January 24, 2014 – With the introduction of the 4th Amendment Protection Act this week, Mississippi became the tenth state in the country to consider legislation to make life difficult for the NSA’s ongoing mass surveillance programs. Senate Bill 2438 (SB2438), introduced by Sen. Chris McDaniel, would make it the official policy of…Details
This question just came in on our feedback forum, and I thought it was important enough to discuss that I’d share my answer here.
QUESTION: Is the principle of anti-commandeering synonymous with nullification
ANSWER: It depends on how you define the word “nullification”
Many believe that it is defined only as John Calhoun did in 1830′s South Carolina.
Anti-commandeering is not that process.
What it is, though, is a 100% legal process, backed up by years of Supreme Court precedent, which says that the feds cannot “commandeer” state resources to carry out a federal act or regulatory program. In other words, the states are free to decide if they will participate or not.
Recognizing that many, if not most, federal programs rely heavily on this kind of cooperation, by enacting anti-commandeering laws on various issues around the country, they can have the effect of a practical nullification – rendering federal acts “nearly impossible to enforce”
House bill 3514 (H3514) would prohibit the operation of drones by an agency of the state unless it is “pursuant to a criminal warrant issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.”Details
Today, a bipartisan state house committee in New Hampshire voted unanimously in support of a bill which deems federal indefinite detention powers unconstitutional and bans “any activity that aids” the federal government in carrying out such powers.Details
After being the first legislator in the country to announce an intent to do so last fall, Ward along with nine sponsors introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act on Wednesday. SB1156 also garnered four co-sponsors, including senate President Andy Biggs.Details