The Washington Preservation of Liberty Act, HB 1581, condemning the unlawful detention of United States citizens and legal resident aliens under the National Defense Authorization Act, was introduced yesterday by Jason Overstreet, and now has 20 co-sponsors in a great showing of bipartisan support – eleven republicans and nine democrats.
HB 1581 intends in part;
”To condemn in no uncertain terms section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA as it purports to repeal the spirit of the postreconstruction act and authorize the president of the United States to utilize the armed forces of the United States to police United States citizens and lawful resident aliens within the United States of America, indefinitely detain United States citizens and lawful resident aliens captured within the United States of America without charge until the end of hostilities authorized by the 2001 authorization for use of military force, subject American citizens and lawful resident aliens captured within the United States of America to military tribunals, and transfer American citizens and lawful resident aliens captured within the United States of America to a foreign country or foreign entity.”
The bill has been referred to the Public Safety Committee. We’re waiting for it to get a hearing, and after that happens, the committee will take a vote. If it passes, it will move on to the full house for a floor debate and vote.
Please reach out to Roger Goodman (360)-786-7878, chair of the Public Safety Committee and urge him to give us a hearing for HB 1581. Also contact the other members of the committee to ask them to support the bill in a vote.
Phone calls are always better than email, but everyone do what you can. Strongly, but respectfully, urge them to pass the bill.
Do the same thing with your legislators who are not on the committee. Their contact information can be found here.
There is also a companion bill in the senate, SB 5511, which has been referred to the Law & Justice Committee. Senator Mike Padden, (360)-786-7606, chairs that committee. Same process as with the house.
You can find contact info for your senators here.
Please post in our comments section with any feedback that you get. It’s great to know who is for and against, and it lets other readers know where to send thanks, and where to press harder!
**Thank you to everyone who made phone calls and sent email Wednesday night to garner more cosponsors for the HB. We had five, and now we have 20. We picked up two last night for the SB as well. It works, folks! Let’s keep pressing on!
Amanda Bowers is the National Outreach Coordinator for the Tenth Amendment Center, and also directs the Washington State Chapter. She lives in eastern Washington.
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