Archive For The “States’ Rights & Nullification” Category

To the Governor: Minnesota Passes Bill That Would Help Encourage the Use of Gold and Silver as Money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 18, 2018) – On Wednesday, the Minnesota legislature gave final approval to a bill that would exempt the sale of gold and silver bullion coins from state sales and use tax, encouraging their use and taking another step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud) and…

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Legal “Expert” Gets Supremacy Clause Wrong in Mainstream News Report

A recent mainstream media news report covered the Michigan 4th Amendment Protection Act. Unsurprisingly, while much of the article was factually correct, they included a statement from a former NSA lawyer who either lied about the Supremacy Clause – or just doesn’t know anything about it. WATCH: FOLLOW TAC: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TenthAmendmentCenter RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/tacdailydigest Twitter: http://twitter.com/tenthamendment…

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Rhode Island House Passes Right to Try Act to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 16, 2018) – Today, the Rhode Island House passed a bill would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Warwick) introduced House Bill 7294 (H7294) in January along with four bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation would allow…

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Louisiana Senate Passes Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 14, 2018) – Last Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate passed three bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state. Final passage of these bills would further nullify federal drug laws in the Pelican State. Rep. Rodney Lyons (D-Harvey) introduced House Bill 627 (HB627) with 27 bipartisan…

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Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Constitutional Carry Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (May 14, 2018) – Late Friday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a so-called  “Constitutional Carry” bill that would have made it legal for most Oklahomans to carry a concealed firearm without a license. Passage into law would have also fostered an environment hostile to federal gun control. Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow)…

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Rhode Island Committee Passes Right to Try Act to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 11, 2018) – On Wednesday, a Rhode Island House committee passed a bill would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Warwick) introduced House Bill 7294 (H7294) in January along with four bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation…

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Michigan House Passes Bill to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture; Federal Loophole Remains

LANSING, Mich. (May 10, 2018) – On Tuesday, the Michigan House passed a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases. But the legislation leaves a loophole in place allowing police to circumvent stricter state laws by passing cases off to the…

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Illinois Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Industrial Hemp Despite Federal Prohibition

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 9, 2018) – Yesterday, an Illinois House committee unanimously passed a bill that would legalize industrial hemp in the state and take a first step toward nullifying federal prohibition of the plant in effect. Sen. Tori Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) introduced Senate Bill 2298 (SB2298) in January. The legislation would legalize industrial hemp…

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Veto Override: Maine Enacts Bill to Implement Legal Marijuana Sales and Cultivation, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition in Effect

AUGUSTA, Maine (May 8, 2018) – Last week, the Maine House and Senate voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to implement and regulate the state’s adult-use marijuana market. The new law will effectuate a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana and further nullify federal cannabis prohibition in effect. Rep. Teresa Pierce (D-Falmouth) and Sen. Roger Katz…

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Now in Effect: Utah Law Expands Raw Milk Sales, An Important Step to Nullify Federal Prohibition Scheme

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 8, 2018) – Today, a law that expands raw milk sales in the state goes into effect. The new law takes an important step toward rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Sen. David Hinkins (R-27) and Rep. Marc Roberts (R-67) introduced Senate Bill 108 (SB108) January 23. The new law expands…

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Now in Effect: Utah Laws Legalize Medical Marijuana for Some Terminally-Ill Patients

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 8, 2018) – Today, two laws to allow terminally ill patients to legally use medical marijuana under the state’s Right to Try law went into effect. These new laws take a first step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the Beehive State. Rep. Brad Daw (R-Orem) and Sen….

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To the Governor: Colorado Passes Bill to Expand Current Asset Forfeiture Reforms

DENVER, Colo. (May 7, 2018) – Last Friday, the Colorado Senate passed a bill that would expand asset forfeiture reporting requirements instituted last year.  Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver) introduced House Bill 1020 (HB1020) on Jan. 10. The legislation would expand asset forfeiture reporting requirements be redefining the agencies required to submit reports. Last year, Gov. John…

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Louisiana Committees Pass Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 4, 2018) – On Wednesday, three bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state were approved in their Senate committees. Passage of these bills would further nullify federal drug laws in the Pelican State. Rep. Rodney Lyons (D-Harvey) introduced House Bill 627 (HB627) with 27…

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To the Governor: Oklahoma Passes Constitutional Carry Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (May 2, 2018) – Yesterday, the Oklahoma Senate gave final approval to a so-called  “Constitutional Carry” bill that would make it legal for most Oklahomans to carry a concealed firearm without a license. Passage into law would also foster an environment hostile to federal gun control. Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) authored Senate…

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Colorado House Passes Bill to Further Expand Industrial Hemp Industry Despite Federal Prohibition

DENVER, Colo. (May 3, 2018) – On Tuesday, the Colorado House unanimously passed a bill that would further mainstream the state’s industrial hemp industry. Final passage of this bill would likely pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. A bipartisan coalition of two senators…

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To the Governor: Iowa Bill Would Ban Abortions After a Heartbeat Is Detected, Setting Foundation to Nullify Roe v. Wade

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 2, 2018) – On Tuesday, the Iowa Senate gave final approval to a bill that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat becomes detectable, nullifying the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. The Senate Human Resources Committee introduced Senate Bill 359 (SF359) in February. The legislation would require a woman…

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Michigan Committee Passes Bill to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture; Federal Loophole Remains

LANSING, Mich. (May 3, 2018) – On Tuesday, a Michigan House committee passed a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases, but leaves a loophole in place allowing police to circumvent stricter state laws by passing cases off to the feds. Rep….

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TAC Joins Coalition in Support of New Jersey Bills to Take on Asset Forfeiture

TRENTON, N.J. (May 1, 2018) – The Tenth Amendment Center has joined a coalition of seven organizations supporting passage of New Jersey bills that would impose strict reporting requirements for all asset forfeitures in the state. This legislation would take a first step that could lead to substantive reforms.  Senate Bill 1963 (S1963) and its companion,…

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End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – The Tenth Amendment Center has joined a diverse group of organizations supporting a California bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and…

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Colorado Committee Passes Bill to Expand Current Asset Forfeiture Reforms

DENVER, Colo. (May 1, 2018) – On Monday, a Colorado Senate committee passed a bill that would expand asset forfeiture reporting requirements instituted last year.  Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver) introduced House Bill 1020 (HB1020) on Jan. 10. The legislation would expand asset forfeiture reporting requirements be redefining the agencies required to submit reports. Last year, Gov….

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