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Ohio House Votes Overwhelmingly to Condemn Indefinite Detention; 94 – 2

OH-TAC_iconThe Ohio House of Representatives took a small, long-awaited step in the right direction today by passing a resolution condemning the blatantly unconstitutional indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA.

Representatives Jim Butler and Ron Young introduced HCR41 “To condemn Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 and to urge the Attorney General of the State of Ohio to bring suit to challenge the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.”

HCR41 sites numerous constitutional violations including betrayal of Article 1, Sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14 and 16 as well as the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendments.

HCR41 draws upon another part of the Bill of Rights, the Tenth Amendment, which states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The Tenth Amendment gives the states a role, the primary role, in determining the constitutionality of federal law. The individual states are, as James Madison said, “duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”

It is in this spirit that HCR41 condemns the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. HCR41 rests on the American ideal of self-government and divided authority.

Today’s unofficial vote was 94 to 2 in favor of passage. Such overwhelming, bipartisan support illustrates that adherence to the Constitution is not a partisan issue. The rights protected by the Constitution are important to all Ohioans, Democrats, Republicans and Independents. HCR41 will now go to the Ohio Senate for approval.

Several organizations throughout the state including People Against the NDAA (PANDA), the ACLU of Ohio and the Tenth Amendment Center testified in support of HCR41.

“No single person nor any group of people has the right to override the Constitution, as the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA purports to authorize. Whether a Republican or a Democrat is in office is immaterial. The ability of the President of the United States to determine that someone can be help without charge is as dangerous in the hands of Barack Obama as it was in the hands of George W. Bush”, said Ben Lewis of the Tenth Amendment Center.

ACTION ITEMS:

1) Contact your State Senator in Columbus and respectfully urge her/him to support HCR41.
2) Contact the House State and Local Government Committee and respectfully urge them to support HB354, which is also intended to stop indefinite detention in Ohio.
3) Contact your State Representative in Columbus to thank them for supporting HCR41 and respectfully urge her/him to also support HB354.
4) Spread the word! Share this with your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc. There is strength in numbers!

 

Rights vs. Goods and the Proper Role of Government

OH-TAC_iconAccording to the Declaration of Independence, the purpose of government is to protect or “secure” our unalienable rights. These unalienable rights include Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Additional rights specifically protected in the US Constitution include freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, and free assembly; the right to keep and bear arms; freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, security in personal effects, and freedom from warrants issued without probable cause; indictment by a grand jury for any capital or “infamous crime”; guarantee of a speedy, public trial with an impartial jury; and prohibition of double jeopardy.

Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or in the US Constitution does it say, or even imply, that the purpose of government is to provide goods. 

“Goods” would include tangible things like food, shelter and clothing as well as intangible things like education and healthcare. Goods are products and services that we pay for to satisfy a need or provide utility.

Unfortunately, the federal government is in the business of providing goods – welfare, food stamps, public housing, public education, Medicare, Medicaid and ‘Obamacare’ to name a few – and has no interest in the unprofitable business of protecting and securing rights.

 

Will Ohio Legislators Block Obamacare?

1528565_10203021692808127_1829828149_nWhen Ohio Representatives Ron Young and Andy Thompson introduced HB91, the Health Care Freedom Act, back in March of 2013, they were confident that their bill would make its way to the house floor for a vote in relative short order. After all Republicans, who are supposedly opposed to Obamacare, have a veto-proof majority in both the Ohio House (60 of 99 seats) and Senate (23 of 33 seats).

In addition, Ohioans voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Health Care Freedom Amendment in November of 2011. Article 1, Section 21 of the Ohio Constitution now reads:

“No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.” 

Perhaps best of all, HB91 was heading to the  Health and Aging Committee where Chairman Lynn Wachtmann and Vice Chair Anne Gonzales were 2 of the bill’s 18 cosponsors. 3 other members of the committee – Ron Hood, Matt Lynch and Ron Maag – also cosponsored HB91.

Slam dunk, right?!

Wrong!

The Health Care Freedom Act is STILL collecting dust in the Health and Aging Committee more than 10 months later. Sponsor testimony was given on March 20, 2013 and the committee heard some proponent testimony shortly thereafter, but since that time…crickets.

ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE FREEDOM ACT:

According to the PPACA, employers and individuals must purchase health insurance or they will be subject to tax penalties. However, the price for the insurance companies accepting the federal subsidies is the tax penalty for citizens who don’t purchase insurance. As long as the insurance companies do not accept federal subsidies, consumers will not be subject to penalty taxes. That is where Ohio’s Health Care Freedom Act (HB91) has potentially located a weakness.

Once passed, HB91 prohibits health insurance companies operating in Ohio from accepting any funding from the federal government that would result in potential penalties for employers or individuals.  If a company chooses to receive federal subsidies, their license would be suspended in the state.  While they would still be able to conduct business previously secured, the company would be barred from writing any new business until the funding is returned to the federal government.  Further, due to the rules set up within PPACA, the subsidized insurance company would be prohibited from participating in any exchange nationwide.  As explained by Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute:

“… since they would no longer be licensed and in good standing with the state, they would no longer qualify under the PPACA as an issuer of “qualified health plans.” The PPACA itself would therefore preclude them from writing new business or receiving subsidies through any Exchanges for as long as the suspension remained in place. Without the (illegal) subsidies, consumers and carriers would have no reason to participate in a federal Exchange.”

Ohio State Representatives Ron Young and Andy Thompson talked to physicians on Friday, May 17, 2013 about their “Obamacare Kill Bill”, which will stop ObamaCare from harming Ohio patients and businesses:

ACTION ITEMS:

In Ohio:  Take steps to support HB91 HERE

Other States:  Contact your state legislators today – urge them to introduce similar legislation.  Model bills and contact info HERE.

Judge Black Strikes Again!

12242013_OH-blackIf nothing else, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black is very consistent in his incompetence.  He continues to demonstrate blatant disregard for the US and Ohio Constitutions. Then again, Judge Black was appointed by Barack Obama, so this should come as no surprise.

According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch, Judge Black recently ordered Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, saying that the state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional and that states cannot discriminate against same-sex couples simply because some voters don’t like homosexuality.

I wonder if the Judge would mind answering a few really simple questions:

  • Does your copy of the US Constitution grant the federal government the authority to define and/or regulate marriage? If it doesn’t (and trust me, it doesn’t), then your “ruling” is unconstitutional and thus null, void and of no effect.
  • Does your copy of the US Constitution include the 10th Amendment? The following ridiculous statement leads me to believe that it does not:

“The question presented is whether a state can do what the federal government cannot — i.e., discriminate against same-sex couples … simply because the majority of the voters don’t like homosexuality (or at least didn’t in 2004),” Black said in reference to the year Ohio’s gay marriage ban passed. “Under the Constitution of the United States, the answer is no.” 

This reminds me of a quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

  • Does your copy of the Ohio Constitution include Article 15, Section 11? This duly enacted amendment, which was approved in 2004 by 61.4% of the voters states that:

“Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.”

Ohio State Representative John Becker was certainly justified in asking US Congressman Brad Wenstrup to initiate impeachment proceedings against Judge Black. Of course Congressman Wenstrup won’t do so because he – like Judge Black -works for the federal government.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine thinks the remedy to Judge Black’s unlawful behavior is to ask another FEDERAL court to overturn Judge Black’s erroneous “ruling”. How do you think that will turn out?!

The RIGHTFUL REMEDY to the criminal actions of the federal government – whether Executive, Legislative or Judicial – is to ignore, refuse to comply with, and refuse to enforce said acts for they are “merely acts of usurpation, and [will] deserve to be treated as such.” (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 33)

Regardless of how one feels about the issue of marriage, the PRINCIPLES of enumerated powers and divided authority are non-negotiable. The federal government does NOT have the constitutional authority to declare Ohio laws regarding marriage (or healthcare, or firearms, or medical marijuana…) unconstitutional – PERIOD!

 

 

 

Ohio’s 2013 Report Card: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

report-card-by-marsmet491-300x300As we begin a new year, it’s important to take a few minutes to review what was accomplished – and NOT accomplished – in Columbus in 2013.

For those of us who understand and appreciate that the role of government is to protect and preserve our natural rights, 2013 was a disappointment to say the least.

The unauthorized -and thus illegal – actions of the federal government since the turn of the century have been nothing short of astounding. “Laws” like The PATRIOT Act, No Child Left Behind, ‘Obamacare’ and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 are clear violations of the US Constitution and obvious attempts to further centralize power in Washington DC. Add the recent IRS and NSA spying scandals to the mix and we can clearly see that action at the state and local level is desperately needed if we’re going to return this country to its founding principles.

The Republican-dominated Ohio state government had a golden opportunity to pass meaningful legislation in 2013. The GOP controls all 5 statewide executive offices (Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor and Attorney General), 6 of 7 Supreme Court seats and a veto-proof supermajority in both the Ohio House (60 of 99 seats) & Senate (23 of 33 seats).

So how did Ohio do in 2013?

THE GOOD:

  • The Ohio General Assembly refused the Governor’s budget request to implement “Obamacare” by expanding Medicaid under the terms and conditions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
  • Several liberty-protecting bills were introduced in 2013.  Bills designed to protect & preserve our natural right to keep and bear arms (SB36HB99 & HB340), stymie the implementation of Obamacare (HB91), restrict the use of Drones (HB207, HB364 & SB189) postpone the implementation of Common Core (HB237 & SB237) and prevent federal kidnapping (HB354 & HCR41).
  • OGA members worthy of individual recognition for consistently supporting liberty-protecting bills include Representatives John Adams, John Becker, Ron Hood, Matt Lynch, Andy Thompson and Ron Young as well as Senator Kris Jordan.

THE BAD:

  • EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED PIECES OF LEGISLATION IS STILL GATHERING DUST IN COMMITTEE.  NONE OF THEM HAVE EVEN MADE TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE!
  • The 2014-2015 budget (HB59), which increased spending by more than $5 BILLION and also increased sales and real estate taxes, was passed. Only 7 Republicans voted against this tax and spend budget.
  • Time and money was wasted in the introduction of STUPID, meaningless bills including, but certainly not limited to:
  1. HB43/SB33 which would make the Adena pipe the official state artifact!?!
  2. HB283 which would make “Hang on Sloopy” the official state rock song!?!
  3. HB330 which would make “Ohio” the official state country song!?!
  4. SB233 which would make Rascal Flatts the official country music group of Ohio!?!

 THE UGLY:

  • Governor Kasich, who campaigned as a fiscally conservative, anti-Obamacare candidate, betrayed the will of 66% of Ohio voters by expanding Medicaid and thus implementing Obamacare.
  • Senate President Keith Faber helped the Governor by leaving an expected ‘Yes’ vote on the Controlling Board.
  • Speaker William Batchelder helped the Governor by removing two expected ‘No’ votes from the Controlling Board.
  • SB193, a partisan bill clearly designed to help Governor Kasich win re-election in 2014, was introduced, passed and signed into law in a matter of just 49 days!
  • The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Governor’s Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid via the Controlling Board despite the board’s mandate to “carry out the legislative intent of the general assembly regarding program goals and levels of support of state agencies as expressed in the prevailing appropriation acts of the general assembly.”

OVERALL GRADE: F

Passing the 2nd largest budget in Ohio’s history, expanding the 3rd largest unconstitutional federal entitlement program and failing to pass significant, liberty-protecting legislation earns our elected officials in Columbus a failing grade for 2013.

Ohioans should demand more from the men and women that we send to Columbus. If we do, we may see positive change. If, however, we allow 2014 to be but a repeat of 2013, we’ll get exactly what we deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

Transcript of Ohio TAC’s HCR41 Testimony

Chairman Johnson and Members of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.  Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of HCR41.  My name is Scott Landreth and I represent the Ohio Chapter of the Tenth Amendment Center.

HCR41 is a critical, overdue step towards protecting the rights of Ohioans from federal overreach.

The resolution “…condemns in no uncertain terms Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012″ which, among other things

  • “authorize(s) the President of the United States to utilize the armed forces of the United States to police United States citizens.”
  • “authorize(s) the indefinite detention without charge of United States citizens.”
  • “subject(s) American citizens…to military tribunals.”
  • authorizes the “transfer (of) American citizens captured within the United States to a foreign country.”

The resolution is absolutely correct in pointing out that the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA is an egregious violation of the Constitution, in addition to a violation of basic civil rights which are a part of our heritage.  In short, the NDAA purports to give the President king-like powers.

With this legislation the federal government is indeed, as HCR41 states, violating the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, amendments designed to prohibit the federal government from taking the exact type of action that the 2012 NDAA authorizes.

HCR41 draws upon another part of the Bill of Rights, the Tenth Amendment, which states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The Tenth Amendment gives the states a role, the primary role, in determining the constitutionality of federal law.  The individual states are, as James Madison said, “duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”

It is in this spirit that HCR41 condemns the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.   HCR41 rests on the American ideal of self-government and divided authority.

As foreign as these concepts may seem to be to many people today, they flow from the very structure of the Constitution, which clearly delineates the scope of the federal government’s powers.  The Constitution was designed in such a way that, as founding father Roger Sherman said, “when the government of the United States…interferes with the rights of the State governments they will be powerful enough to check it.”

Alexander Hamilton elaborated on this point when he said that any “acts of the (federal government) which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers…will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such.”

What’s more, this kind of condemnation of unconstitutional federal laws has a long history, beginning with the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 which condemned the federal government’s violations of the First Amendment.  What’s more, there is a proud tradition of not just condemnation, but outright resistance to unconstitutional laws right here in Ohio.

  • In 1819, Ohio imposed a tax on the federally chartered Bank of the United States.  The Supreme Court had already ruled that such taxes were unconstitutional in McCulloch v. Maryland. However, despite the Supreme Court’s decision, an agent of the Treasurer of Ohio seized $100,000 from the Bank to satisfy the tax. Ohio’s legislature passed resolutions declaring that it did not accept the result of the McCulloch case and denying that the Supreme Court had the final authority to interpret the Constitution. The Ohio legislature’s resolutions asserted that the states “have an equal right to interpret that Constitution for themselves.”
  • In 1857, the Ohio legislature passed An Act to Prevent Kidnapping in response to The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 – one of the most despicable acts ever passed by Congress. This so-called law denied any person accused of being a runaway slave any semblance of due process. Under the Ohio law, “Forcibly or fraudulently carrying off” a free black person would get you three to eight years of hard labor. Anybody trying to take an escaped slave out of Ohio was subject to the same charges if they failed to go to the proper court and prove “ownership.”  Many northern states passed similar laws, which infuriated southern slaveholders and led directly to freedom for many escaped slaves.

HCR41 continues this courageous tradition and recaptures the spirit of the Constitution and the American Revolution in which the state governments held the primary role in maintaining constitutional fidelity.

Adherence to the Constitution is not a partisan issue.  The rights protected by the Constitution are important to all Ohioans, Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  The sponsorship of HCR41 reflects this truth as both Democrat and Republican sponsors have recognized the dangers posed by indefinite detention and have risen to condemn its use at the federal level.

No single person nor any group of people has the right to override the Constitution, as the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA purports to authorize.  Whether a Republican or a Democrat is in office is immaterial.  The ability of the President of the United States to determine that someone can be help without charge is as dangerous in the hands of Barack Obama as it was in the hands of George W. Bush.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the Ohio state government to ensure that its citizens are protected from this kind of federal overreach.  The founding generation was very clear on this point.  If the federal government is permitted to violate its own laws, what protection is there for the rights of any of us?

Chairman Johnson and members of the committee, thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to testify in support of this important resolution.  I want to thank the sponsors Rep. Jim Butler and Rep. Ron Young as well and respectfully urge you support HCR41.

Ohio Action Alert: Pass HCR41, Help Shine a Light on “Indefinite Detention”

Ohio Representatives Jim Butler and Ron Young introduced HCR41 on November 19, 2013, “To condemn Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012 and to urge the Attorney General of the State of Ohio to bring suit to challenge the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012.”

HCR41 has had its Sponsor Hearing (12/3) as well as its Proponent/Opponent Hearing (12/10).  Now it’s time to vote it out of committee.

Passing HCR41 is a great step toward protecting Ohioans from UNCONSTITUTIONAL federal kidnapping. Please act now by:

1)  Contacting the members of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of HCR41.

  • Rep. Terry Johnson, Chairman (614) 466-2124
  • Rep. Al Landis, Vice Chair  (614) 466-8035
  • Rep. Connie Pillich (614) 466-8120
  • Rep. Marlene Anielski (614) 644-6041
  • Rep. Nick Barborak (614) 466-8022
  • Rep. Heather Bishoff (614) 644-6002
  • Rep. Mike Dovilla (614) 466-4895
  • Rep. Teresa Fedor (614) 644-6017
  • Rep. Zach Milkovich (614) 644-6037
  • Rep. Rick Perales (614) 644-6020
  • Rep. Wes Retherford, Cosponsor (614) 644-6721
  • Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (614) 466-3506
  • Rep. Ron Young, Sponsor (614) 644-6074

2)  Contacting YOUR Ohio State Representative and encourage her/him to support HCR41 when it comes to the floor for a vote.

3)  Telling your friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. to do likewise!  There is strength in numbers!

4)  Joining our Nullify NDAA Ohio group on Facebook.

5)  Visit, Like and Share the Ohio Tenth Amendment Center on Facebook to keep track of Tenth Amendment efforts in Ohio.

States Should Reject Federal Interference

By Charlie Earl, Candidate for Ohio Governor1457645_263515283796096_1017355634_n

The Constitution of the United States clearly limits the power of the federal government to trample individual rights while allowing individual states and their local communities the primary task for structuring community mores and rules. Yet today in 2013 we are witnessing a massive federal (actually national) government that routinely violates individual and states rights.

Even for those of us who live in the 21st Century, the language of The Constitution that enumerates the powers of the federation….the federal government….is not obtuse and is straightforward. Over the decades, however, negligent elected federal officials and agenda-driven federal judges have expanded federal power far beyond the crystal clear language of The Constitution of the United States, and the intentions of the Framers who feared government-based tyranny. Relying on faulty and specious interpretations of the “General Welfare Clause,” the “Commerce Clause,”  the “Supremacy Clause” and others, the chosen guardians of our individual liberty have undermined this basic element of our national compact.

Although federal encroachment has destroyed the balance designed by the Framers, they have done so with the willing compliance and feeble opposition from the states and their leaders. A robust and determined opposition from the states may have successfully halted the march toward an all-powerful, unchallenged national government. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution were adopted along with the prior eight when the Bill of Rights were ratified in 1791. While the first nine amendments are specifically addressed toward individual rights, the openness of the Ninth and the unmistakable language of the Tenth convincingly codify the power retained by the individual states when our republic was formed. To my knowledge…..neither the Ninth nor the Tenth Amendment has been formally or legally repealed.

States have the constitutional power, the moral authority, and the civic obligation to reject excessive federal interference. One can understand how an aggressive entity such as the Federal (National) Government would continually seek to increase it’s scope and power, but it is more difficult to comprehend why the states and their elected guardians have so meekly allowed this undermining of The Constitution and individual rights to occur. One might justifiably accuse the political classes of the individual and sovereign states of dereliction of duty at the very least.

The federal monstrosity has grown too invasive and too oppressive, but the Ninth and Tenth Amendments still ring with truth for people who cherish liberty. Citizens of the states should insist that their political leaders resist and reject the growing national menace. Those who have solemnly taken their oaths of office when ascending to positions of leadership within the states should honor their commitments and fulfill their obligations to their constituent citizens. Resist the Feds, reject their overreaching and return to constitutional government…..is the formula for restoring the United States our Founders and Framers designed.

Charlie Earl

Bowling Green, Ohio

November 27, 2013

One-Two Punch to Knock-Out Federal Kidnapping in Ohio

KnockoutA bill to protect Ohioans from what amounts to blatantly unconstitutional federal kidnapping has finally been introduced in the Buckeye State.

Ohio Representatives Jim Butler and Ron Young introduced HB354 on November 19, 2013.  This bill specifically prevents state and local law enforcement officials in Ohio from assisting the federal government in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person in Ohio that would result in that person’s loss of the right of due process.

HB354 states that “no agency of this state, political subdivision of this state, employee of either acting in the employee’s official capacity, or any member of the Ohio organized militia, when such a member is serving in the Ohio organized militia on official state duty, shall knowingly aid an agency of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of a person within this state, pursuant to any of the following laws, if the agency, political subdivision, employee, or member would violate the United States Constitution or the constitution of this state.”

The Cosponsorship Request stated that “We have three branches of government for a reason; each branch checks and balances the power of the others.  Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA are an assault on our judicial system, and on our rights.  Flagrantly ignoring the right of habeas corpus, these provisions of the NDAA have the potential to circumvent the authority of the judicial branch and allow for the unconstitutional treatment of citizens and residents of our country and state.”

Although state non-compliance is only the first step, this would make a HUGE dent in any effort to further restrict due process and would be a big step forward for Ohio.  It would also create shockwaves around the rest of the country.  As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here).   And in those limited situations where enforcement does occur, Rosa Parks has taught us all the power of “NO!”  Passage of HB354 would mark the beginning of the end of NDAA indefinite detention in Ohio.

In addition to introducing HB354, Representatives Butler and Young also introduced HCR41 “To condemn Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012 and to urge the Attorney General of the State of Ohio to bring suit to challenge the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012.”

HCR41 sites numerous constitutional violations including betrayal of Article 1, Sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14 and 16 as well as the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendments.

Both HB354 and HCR41 have a dozen Republican cosponsors, but unfortunately none of the 39 Democrats in the Ohio House have signed on yet. Indefinite detention is an issue that transcends partisan politics so HB354 should receive bipartisan support once it makes it out of committee.

397702_10151155320965764_1777577612_nACTION ITEMS for Ohio

1.  Contact your State Representative.    Strongly, but respectfully, urge her/him to support HB354 and HCR41.  Let them know that you want to see a vote on principle, not party, and that some issues transcend partisan politics.  Indefinite detention is one of those issues – where people from across the political spectrum can set aside differences to do what’s right.

Find your legislator here:
http://www.ohiohouse.gov/

2.  Share this information widely.  Please pass this along to your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers.  Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state.  Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.

3. Join the NDAA activist group on Facebook. Connect with others, plan strategy, build a coalition, and help get HB354 passed!  To join our Nullify NDAA Ohio Facebook group click HERE.

To keep track of efforts to Nullify NDAA throughout the country click HERE.

Firearms Freedom Act Introduced in Ohio

TAC_Logo_Wht_Red_80Ohio State Representative John Becker has introduced a bill very similar to the Montana Firearms Freedom Act.

Ohio HB 340, introduced on November 8, 2013, clarifies that the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution does not extend to products manufactured and sold entirely within Ohio’s borders.  This bill is cosponsored by Representatives Ron Hood, Matt Lynch and Andy Thompson and is expected to win the support of several other liberty-minded members of the Ohio House.

This bill would specify that firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured within Ohio are not subject to federal regulation via the Commerce Clause as long as the products do not cross state boundaries.

“HB 340 will encourage manufacturers of firearms, ammunition, and accessories to relocate to Ohio. That will boost Ohio’s economy and create jobs,” Becker said.

The bill sites both the 9th and 10th Amendments and goes on to say that “The regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the ninth and tenth amendments to the United States Constitution.”

Ohio is just one of many states introducing this type of legislation due to a growing understanding of the 10th Amendment. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

LEGISLATION AND TRACKING

If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

Track the status of Firearms Freedom Acts in states around the country HERE

ACTION ITEMS

A very similar bill (HB315) was introduced in Ohio in October of 2009, but never even made it to the floor for a vote.  If you are an Ohio resident and would like to see this bill get passed, please contact your State Representative and State Senator.

To join our Ohio 2nd Amendment Preservation group on Facebook click HERE.

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.