Well, nullification season is in full swing! This is a great opportunity for you to help push our work forward.
The last few weeks have been crazy busy. I am up to my eyeballs in legislation, and I’m churning out bill reports as fast as I can. Mind you, this is a good thing. That means there are a lot of opportunities to nullify already on the table.
One thing that makes me really optimistic about 2018 is the number of bills we already see moving forward. This week, Kentucky House passed a bill to limit warrantless drone surveillance and the Alabama Senate approved a bill to end marriage licenses. Similar bills passed these chambers last year, but it was late in the session. There wasn’t time to move them forward. With these bills passing so early this year, there is a lot better chance for them to move on through the process.
I am also extremely excited about a bill to end material support for warrantless federal spying in Michigan. House Bill 4430 passed the House by a 107-1 vote. It’s got a tougher road in the Senate, but I think the momentum is building to get this passed. And if one state takes a stand against NSA spying, I think other states will follow suit.
Seeing this kind of action just two weeks into the session is extremely encouraging and makes me think we are going to have a big year.
This is a great time for you to get involved. It’s amazing what one person sending out a few emails, or making a few phone calls can do at the state level. I got an email this morning from a TAC member in West Virginia. He saw our post about the Michigan Fourth Amendment Protection Act passing and decided to take some action of his own. Here’s what he said.
“As a result of reading the newsletter from TAC and seeing similar articles, I emailed some state senators here in West Virginia. I encouraged them to introduce legislation here for the same purpose. Surprisingly, one was checking her email, responded, we got talking and she requested more information (examples of legislation, states already doing it) and not surprisingly, the resources I needed were right there in the TAC site. I forwarded the templates for legislation and a link to one of the articles. I’ve got a good feeling about this. Let’s keep an eye on West Virginia and thanks for what you guys do.”
I think a lot of times, we don’t take action because we don’t think it will do any good. It’s easy to think, “They won’t pay any attention.” Maybe they won’t. But you never know until you try. And as you see – sometimes they do.
My nose will be set to the grindstone as nullification season continues. I hope you will step up to the plate as well. Together, we can make 2018 a banner year for nullification!