Less than one month into the 2015 state legislative season and the Tenth Amendment Center counts more than 200 bills seeking to block or limit federal power.Details
The state-level effort to turn off water and electricity to the National Security Agency (NSA) got a major boost today as legislators in Tennessee introduced a bill to ban the state from providing material support to the federal agency. A long-standing secretive NSA computing facility calls Oak Ridge home. According to NSA researcher James Bamford,…Details
“While media attention is focused on a possible effort to shut off water to the NSA data center in Utah, I’m introducing the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act to back our neighbors up,” she said. “Just in case the NSA gets any ideas about moving south, I want them to know the NSA isn’t welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution.”Details
The OffNow campaign will focus on state and local efforts to undermine the NSA’s ability to unconstitutionally monitor phone calls, emails and other private data.Details
For immediate release: May 7, 2013 Recent polling data indicates nullification has entered the mainstream. A Rasmussen poll released Monday indicates more than one-third of Americans favor their state blocking federal gun control laws if it considers them unconstitutional. Less than half (45 percent) oppose blocking these unconstitutional violations of the Second Amendment. Even more…Details
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2013 Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center legal analyst Benjamin Gross was just blocks away when the first bomb detonated at the Boston Marathon finish line, giving him a unique perspective on that day and its aftermath. About an hour before two explosions ripped through the heart of the city, Gross finished…Details
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the Second Amendment Protection Act Tuesday, nullifying a wide range of federal attacks on the right to keep and bear arms in the state of Kansas. “Sam Brownback just told Barack Obama, ‘Bring it on!’ The new Kansas law is the strongest and most sweeping defense of the right to keep and bear arms thus far in the entire country,” Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said.Details
“Let me get this straight,” Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said. “He doesn’t think the people, or their representatives, have the ability to determine if something is constitutional, buthe alone has the ability to unilaterally make that determination and keep the issue from even coming up for debate. Nice. I wonder what he will do if the feds come after guns? I suppose he will make sure the state of Indiana doesn’t stand in in their way. The feds are supreme in all things,after all. David Long, like the Obama administration he’s protecting, is dangerous.”Details
For Immediate Release: Feb. 4, 2013
Washington state lawmakers will consider bipartisan legislation that would block any cooperation with attempts to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens or lawful resident aliens in Washington without due process under sections written into the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
If passed, the law would also make it a class C felony for any state or federal agent to act under sections 1021 or 1022 of the NDAA.
Both bills condemn sections of the NDAA allowing for indefinite detention without due process on American soil as unconstitutional and include provisions stopping any such attempts in the Evergreen State.
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For Immediate Release:Jan. 31, 2013
Tennessee lawmakers will consider a bill during the current legislative session that would strengthen the Firearms Freedom Act of 2009 and protect Volunteer State residents from any unconstitutional federal regulation of firearms.
Signed into law by Gov. Phil Bredesen, the Firearms Freedom Act of 2009 exempted firearms manufactured and kept within the borders of Tennessee from federal regulation based on the reserved state powers to regulate intrastate commerce. SB 0250 and its companion bill HB 0248 take things a step further.
“The general assembly declares that any federal action prohibited by this chapter relating to firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition, whether made in Tennessee or not, is not authorized by the United States constitution and violates the restrictions contained therein and is hereby declared to be invalid in this state; that said federal action shall not be recognized by this state; and that said federal action is rejected by this state and shall be null and void and of no effect in this state.”
Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey says the bills rest on a solid constitutional footing.Details
“Hey, Dave! Joe Biden is on the phone. He wants to thank you on behalf of President Obama for your support,” Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said. “Maybe Long should consider switching parties. The Republican platform emphatically declares ‘that those powers not enumerated to the federal government are reserved to the states and to the people,’ and it talks about the importance of personal liberty and freedom. But I guess Dave doesn’t really believe all that stuff. Politicians will say anything to get elected these days.”Details