“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” These words were written by the Father of the Constitution, James Madison. Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) understands this principle. Accordingly, the author of the Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act, which nullified ObamaCare in his state, has now proposed legislation nullifying the President’s latest usurpation — the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
On January 16, Marshall, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, introduced HB 1160, a bill designed to
prevent any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency or the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of a United States citizen in violation of the Constitution of Virginia.
The bill has cleared its first hurdle toward enactment, being recommended 6-3 by the Courts Subcommittee for reporting to the full committee.
Delegate Marshall’s bill reads:
Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no agency of the Commonwealth as defined in § 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, political subdivision of the Commonwealth as defined in § 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, employee of either acting in his official capacity, or any member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force, when such a member is serving in the Virginia National Guard or the Virginia Defense Force on official state duty, may engage in any activity that aids an agency of or the armed forces of the United States in the execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (P.L. 112-18, § 1021) in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Article I, Section 8 or 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.
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