Nullification season is off to a quick start this year.
There are already a number of bills that have moved forward. That’s a good sign this early in state legislative sessions.
A couple of bills stand out.
A Kentucky bill to limit warrantless drone surveillance passed the House on Jan. 18. Last year, a similar bill passed the House late in the session and ran out of time on the Senate side. The fact that it is already in the Senate bodes well for final passage this year.
The Alabama bill to do away with state marriage licenses is in a similar situation. Last year, this legislation passed the Senate late in the session and died over in the House when time ran out. SB13 has already cleared the Senate and passed a House committee. Reports out of Alabama indicate it get a final vote in the next week or two.
Meanwhile, Vermont has legalized marijuana. A Washington state House Committee has approved a bill to reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws. An Indiana bill that would clear the way for a commercial hemp market has already cleared its first committee hurdle. And a Michigan bill to ban support and resources for federal warrantless spying passed the Michigan House. Several other bills have also moved forward already.
There is certainly a lot of work left to do, but seeing this much action in the month of January is really encouraging. I don’t ever remember seeing this many bills moving forward this early in nullification season.
You can play a big role in our work. Go to the TAC blog and search your state. When you see bills introduced and moving forward, take a few minutes to contact your state senator and representative, and ask them to support the legislation. This kind of outreach can have a massive impact.