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HB 1160, the bill that guts the onerous provisions of the NDAA -- such as the suspension of the 6th amendment -- comes up for its final vote in the Virginia Senate today around noon. Authored by Virginia's greatest legislator, Rep. Bob Marshall, passed the Virginia lower house, the House of Delegates, by 96-4. It comes up for a vote in the VA Senate today around noon. Every Virginian needs to contact their State Senator before noon to urge them to vote YES on this measure because the Republican Governor of Virginia inexplicably has announced that he does not like the bill.
"Unless there is a groundswell of support for it, it may not survive the final vote in the full Senate despite its already passing the House Subcommittee, full Committee, full House floor and Senate Committee," said Rep. Marshall in a morning press release.
"HB 1160 will prevent the use of any Virginia agency or member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force to assist in any way to unlawfully detain a citizen of Virginia on behalf of the United States Government in violation of the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions," said Marshall.
A bipartisan team ranging from former Al Gore consultant Naomi Wolf to Ronald Reagan Justice Department official Bruce Fein have committed to working with state and local governments to make sure the citizen detention plans signed into law by Barack Obama are not enforced.
“Journalists aren’t safe. Union leaders aren’t safe. Activists aren’t safe. Liberty is not safe,” Wolf, an author of half a dozen books, said during a telephone conference call announcing plans.
It was the Tenth Amendment Center that earlier started monitoring states and local governments rejecting Obama’s detention plan.
It reported on the Virginia bill, which would “prevent any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”
Shortly after HB1160 reached a vote in Virginia, the Arizona Senate Border Security, Federalism and States Sovereignty Committee approved on a 6-1 vote SB1182, which brings the bill to the verge of a full vote in the Senate.
The Arizona plan “prohibits this state and agencies of this state from participating in the implementation of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 and classifies the act of attempting to enforce or enforcing these sections as a class 1 misdemeanor.”
Today, the Virginia State Senate held a procedural vote on House Bill 1160 (HB1160), commonly referred to as the “Virginia NDAA Nullification Bill.” There was a “motion to recommit” the bill – essentially delaying a vote on it until next year. The bill was almost put on hold as the vote in the Senate was 20-20. The Lt. Governor, though, decided that this was an issue worth voting on now, not next year, and was the deciding vote that stopped the motion.
That means, HB1160 will almost certainly come up for a vote in the Virginia Senate tomorrow, Tuesday February 28, 2012.
HB1160 - Read third time, Committee amendment reconsidered (38-Y 0-N), Committee amendment rejected (voice vote), Petersen floor amendment agreed to (voice vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N), Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N), Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)