Even though the Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act (HB1439) is stronger than Thomas Jefferson’s original nullification resolution in 1798, a debate over whether to make it even stronger or not is likely to kill the strongest nullification bill in modern times.Details
On May 8, I was a guest on Off the Grid Radio, a program by Off The Grid News. I discussed the history of nullification, how it was utilized in 1798, and how it is being invoked today in various states.Details
Editor’s note: the following is a short statement written for the Missouri legislature in support of a bill that would limit drone surveillance without a warrantDetails
SACRAMENTO, May 12, 2014 – A bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off resources to the NSA was moved out of an important state senate committee and sent to the full Senate for consideration.Details
A Missouri bill to strictly limit drone use passed out of a state senate committee last Tuesday, and is now slated to receive a vote from the full senate. The bill had previously passed through the state house by a 109-44 vote on Apr. 28.Details
On Feb. 26, H4791 was introduced to protect the electronic data of South Carolina residents from unwarranted surveillence within state lines. (learn about it here) It passed through the state house by a 89-17 margin, and was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will need to pass through that committee by a majority before the full state senate can have the opportunity to vote upon it.Details
If SJR36 is approved by voters in November, The state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold the right to keep and bear arms and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement.Details
Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy Barnett nailed it in a short post on the Volokh Conspiracy Blog this week.
Much as I believe that the NSA bulk data seizure program is unconstitutional because it is an “unreasonable” general warrant, the preferable remedy would be a congressional fix. Moreover, I agree that we should never count on the courts to save us.
Barnett crams a lot of truth into a single sentence.Details
CONCORD, N.H., May 9, 2014 – The New Hampshire legislature has passed a bill which bans government officials from obtaining “information contained in a portable electronic device” without a warrant “signed by a judge and based on probable cause.” The House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the bill, so a conference committee was appointed on Wednesday to get the final version of the bill to the Governor’s desk.Details