OLYMPIA, Wash. (March 26, 2012)  – On Feb 1, a liberty preservation act had its first reading in the Washington State House of Representatives and was referred to the judiciary committee.

Nearly two months later, HB 2759 remains bottled up in committee.

Five Washington state representatives cosponsor the legislation, which condemns the unlawful detention of United States citizens and lawful resident aliens under the National Defense Authorization Act, and forbids “any state employee, member of the Washington National Guard or any agent of a corporation doing business with the state” to cooperate in the federal detainment or investigation of a U.S. citizen or resident alien.

HB2759 also prohibits the United States military from conducting within the boundaries of the state of Washington, an investigation or detainment of a United States citizen or lawful resident alien located within the state of Washington, except for a few narrowly prescribed circumstances.

Rep. Matt Shea cosponsors the bill. He said legal analysts found at least 11 violations of the U.S. Constitution and 13 violations of the Washington State Constitution in sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA.

“That means in these types of cases, where something is very clearly unconstitutional, and we believe the unlawful and indefinite detention provision of the NDAA is unconstitutional, it is our duty not to comply.”

But the bill will likely die in committee unless the people of Washington speak up and demand the state step in and interpose on their behalf. Washington D.C. will not willingly relinquish power. The state will have take up the mantel and stand in the gap for its own citizens. And state governments need to know the people they represent expect them to do their duty, and protect and defend the U.S. and state constitutions.


If you live in the State of Washington, contact your representative and politely, but firmly, ask them to push for movement on HB2759. Phone calls work best. Follow up with an email and/or a hand-written letter.

You can locate your representatives contact information HERE.

Contact each member of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to move HB2759 forward. You can locate contact information for all committee members HERE.

To track NDAA nullification legislation across the U.S., click HERE.

If you don’t live in Washington and your state has not taken steps to stop kidnapping under the NDAA, you can find model Liberty Preservation Act legislation that you can propose to your state representative or senator HERE.

Mike Maharrey

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