It was a HUGE week for the 10th Amendment/Nullification Movement!
In 10 ½ years, I don’t think I’ve seen so many bills move forward or pass in a single week. With so many news reports, articles, and videos being posted on the TAC website, I know it’s hard to keep up with everything happening – I can barely read it all myself!
But 17 bills passing various stages in a 5-day period is massive. So I wanted to share them all with you – so you can see how all the hard work here and the support that people give us – well, it’s really paying off.
I’ve organized all our reports into categories, with a brief overview of each. That way you can scroll through and get a pretty good picture of what’s happening without having to read all the articles in full. But, all the links are there should you want to read them – and share!
At the end – I’ve included an extremely important link – to the TAC members program. I hope you’ll visit the site and join us today. I definitely need to get a couple of our part-time writers up to full time – we’re barely keeping our head above water getting all this information posted. A new TAC membership – monthly, annual, 5 year, or lifetime – will go a long way towards helping us get the job done. Thank you!
Concordia res parvae crescunt,
(small things grow great by concord)
Michael Boldin, TAC
HB246 legalizes firearms on post office property – in defiance of unconstitutional federal gun control measures which ban people from doing this. It also bans state and local law enforcement from enforcing that federal gun control measure. Without such assistance, the federal government would have a difficult time enforcing its law. The post office would have to rely on federal law enforcement agencies to patrol Montana USPS facilities and make arrests under federal law. It simply does not have the resources to do this effectively.
House Bill 133 (HB133) would require courts to “inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.” An unusually short and concise bill by modern standards. It passed by a close margin, 170-160.
Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Tucson) introduced House Bill 2014 (HB2014) on Jan. 9. The legislation would eliminate state capital gains taxes on income “derived from the exchange of one kind of legal tender for another kind of legal tender.” In effect, passage of the bill would “legalize the Constitution” by treating gold and silver specie as money.
Important committees in Arizona and North Dakota approved bills that not only reform the practice of “civil asset forfeiture” on the state level, but also close a huge federal loophole called “equitable sharing” in most situations.
In New Hampshire, the House voted 199-153 to ban “material support or resources” federal mass, warrantless surveillance programs. Shut it down!
The Montana House passed 2 bills to protect privacy – an 86-12 vote would restrict ALPRs and help block a federal license plate tracking program. A 94-4 vote deals with an extremely dangerous federal program known as “parallel construction.”
In Missouri, a Senate committee passed a bill that would require a warrant before “stingrays” – cell site simulators – are used. These dangerous mass surveillance tools essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device.
Even though the U.S. is the world’s #1 importer of raw, industrial hemp – the federal government has maintained an unconstitutional decades-long ban on the plant. Interestingly, the top 2 exporters of hemp are China and Canada.
Bills to decriminalize hemp – letting the people decide if they’ll grow it or not – moved forward in three states. The New Mexico House voted 53-13. The New Hampshire House had a unanimous voice vote. And a committee in Hawaii voted yes as well.
Also, in Arizona, 2 committees passed a bill to legalize commercial hemp farming with an interesting directive to the Arizona Department of Agriculture:
“The director may not prohibit or adopt a rule that prohibits a person from growing industrial hemp based on the legal status of industrial hemp under federal law.”
State Houses in Kentucky and Indiana both passed a bill to specify that “Direct Primary Care” programs are not “insurance.” This means they won’t be subject to the restrictive and expensive regulations that come with such a designation.
A similar bill passed out of committee in West Virginia – and should get a vote on the House floor soon.
In Montana, a committee passed a bill that would legalize some raw milk sales, even though the federal government claims – unconstitutionally, of course – the power to ban both INTER and INTRA-state sales of raw milk. We’re told that it’s going to be a close vote on the House floor next week.
Here at the Tenth Amendment Center, we’re standing up against some of the most dangerous and unconstitutional programs in history. And we need your help right now.
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We’ve seen more nullification bills introduced – and PASSED – in the last 2 years than at any time in our history. We’re working hard to keep ramping things up for 2017 and beyond. But we really need the financial backing to get the job done.
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