By a vote of 37-0, the Michigan state Senate approved a bill preventing the president from executing the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) inside the sovereign borders of the Wolverine State.
Senate Bill 94 — a companion measure to House Bill 4138 passed unanimously by the state House of Representatives last year — prohibits “any agency of this state, any political subdivision of this state, any employee of any agency of this state or any political subdivision of this state, or any member of the Michigan national guard from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States” under certain situations.
Particularly, the bill applies to any attempt by a state agent or officer to enforce "section 1021 of the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2012, if such aid would place that state agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the Michigan national guard in violation of the United States constitution, the state constitution of 1963, or any law of this state."
Following the state senate’s overwhelming support for the bill sponsored by Senator Rick Jones, the director of the Michigan chapter of the People Against the NDAA (PANDA), Dennis Marburger, committed to continue the fight to defy all acts of the federal government encroaching on the liberty of citizens of Michigan.
“The very active and knowledgeable group of Michiganians fighting this egregious Federal overreach will not rest until there is real, tangible and viable state resistance to D.C.'s attempts to deny our rights and threaten our safety — whatever unconstitutional legislation, edict or judicial fiat our government employees use as an excuse,” Marburger said.
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Photo of Michigan Senate Chamber in the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan