Several pieces of proposed legislation that would ban TSA "pornoscanners" and hold TSA agents accountable for their sexual assaults in Texas.
The campaign took a big step forward last week as the pornoscanner bill made its way out of the Texas House Transportation Committee with a unanimous recommendation for passage by the committee members. This happened thanks to efforts by Norman Horn and other libertarian student activists who learned that the bill was about to die in committee and, with just 48 hours to save it, bombarded the relevant legislators (if I may employ an oxymoron) with phone calls and e-mails.
â€œConcerned Citizenâ€ (http://stopaustinscanners.org/2011/05/texas-tsa-legislation-attracts-con...) and â€œEdmund Burkeâ€ (http://stopaustinscanners.org/2011/05/momentum-building-for-restrain-the...) at Stop Austin Scanners have more details on the overall effortâ€™s progress.
cross-posted from the LewRockwell.com blog: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog
-HB1938, which would ban TSA scanners in Texas, passed out of committee on 05-09-11. the Vote was 8-0, with 3 abstaining.
-HB1937, which would ban TSA searches without probable cause (as per the 4th amendment), passed out of committee on 05-09-11. The vote was 8-0, with 1 abstaining.
Both bills are expected for a floor vote in the Texas house soon.
To track all TSA-nullification bills around the country:
Jeffersonians claim extreme
rights for states
A side note, related indirectly:
The Kentucky Resolutions were drafted in secret by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the fall of 1798 to counter the perceived threat to constitutional liberties from the Alien and Sedition Acts. These federal laws limited naturalization rights and free speech by declaring public criticism of government officials to be seditious libel, punishable by imprisonment and fines. Jefferson's draft resolutions claimed STATES HAD THE RIGHT TO NULLIFY FEDERAL LAWS AND ACTS THAT VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION. The Kentucky Resolutions were passed, and the role Jefferson and Madison played in drafting them was kept secret throughout their years of public service.
THE KENTUCKY RESOLUTIONS OF 1798
"...And that the rights and liberties of their co-States will be exposed to no dangers by remaining embarked in a common bottom with their own. That they will concur with this commonwealth in considering the said acts as so palpably against the Constitution as to amount to an undisguised declaration that that compact is not meant to be the measure of the powers of the General Government, but that it will proceed in the exercise over these States, of all powers whatsoever: that they will view this as seizing the rights of the States, and consolidating them in the hands of the General Government, with a power assumed to bind the States (not merely as the cases made federal, casus fÅ“deris but), in all cases whatsoever, by laws made, not with their consent, but by others against their consent: that this would be to surrender the form of government we have chosen, and live under one deriving its powers from its own will, and not from our authority; and that the co-States, recurring to their natural right in cases not made federal, will concur in declaring these acts void, and of no force, and will each take measures of its own for providing that neither these acts, nor any others of the General Government not plainly and intentionally authorized by the Constitution, shalt be exercised within their respective territories..."