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Michigan House Passes Bill Blocking NDAA Detention

For Immediate Release: Dec. 5, 2012 - Tenth Amendment Center

A bill condemning detention provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Act and blocking any state cooperation with federal agents attempting to detain people in Michigan without due process unanimously passed the Michigan House Wednesday.

HB5768 declares, “no agency of this state, no political subdivision of this state, no employee of an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state acting in his or her official capacity, and no member of the Michigan national guard on official state duty shall aid an agency of the armed forces of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person pursuant to section 1021 of the national defense authorization act…”

It passed 107-0.

Bill sponsor Rep. Tom McMillin was jubilant after the vote.

“My bill opposing NDAA’s indefinite detention, and taking away due process, and prohibiting the Michigan government from participating passed the House today. On to the State Senate,” he said.

A large coalition of grassroots activists spanning the political spectrum, including the Tenth Amendment Center, supported the bill and lobbied for its passage.

“There has been a lot of debate about the Feinstein amendment recently passed in the U.S. Senate. Will it really protect Americans from indefinite detention? Or is the language too broad? State actions like the one taken in Michigan today protect people no matter what they come up with in D.C.,” Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said. “Even if the Feinstein amendment sticks, it still expressly claims congressional power to pass legislation to detain people on U.S. soil. It is the duty of state legislatures to interpose and stop the progress of evil. And what can be more evil than government-sanctioned kidnapping? Don’t let caterwauling in D.C. distract you. Keep pressing your state lawmakers to take action.”

Contact: Mike Maharrey
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Signed into law

BUMPDATE - Michigan 'nullfies' NDAA

Summarized by State Rep Tom McMillan -

"WOW!!! Today, Governor Snyder signed SB94 into law - now known as Public Act 228 of 2013 - that makes it illegal for state and local law enforcement to assist in the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. Pushing back against the feds is important. Michigan now joins VA, CA and Alaska. Congrats to all who helped over the last two years to make this happen - like Dennis Marburger, Justin Amash, Shane G Trejo, David A. Dudenhoefer, Bill Sage, Mike Maharrey and Tony DeMott. Thanks also to Lt. Gov. Brian Calley for helping me get it through the legislature and working with the Governor's office to ensure he and his legal staff understood the issue and was comfortable signing it."

extra references - Senate Bill 094 and its language

Now I'm confused

I thought the recent renewal or bill that Rand Paul defended his yes vote had the language toned down, or at least that is how Rand defended his vote....

Help me pls, I havent been following this as closely as I should

RP R3VOLution

Blocking NDAA Detention?

I live in Michigan. When I first read this headline I was jumping up and down with joy and couldn't beleive that our state government was actually going to protect us from Big Brother for a change. Then I read the bill.....

Please correct me if I'm wrong but the way that I read it, it doesn't in any way block them from detaining us or protect us in any way. The way I read it is that the State just won't participate in helping them???? If this is true I will loose all excitement over this.

Please tell me your thoughts.....

Debbie's picture

That was my first thought too. Not to throw water on it, but it

it seems weak. No teeth in it. It's good that they're not gonna help the feds, but they should be kicking them out!



We're doing something right in this state. Sure hope it goes all the way! E-mailed the link to some family & friends in this state. Nice to here good news for once!

Especially sweet that it's in the state of

the Zionist sponsor of the bill, Carl Levin.

Emailed my representative.

So proud to be a Michigander right now.

jrd3820's picture


Funny, not a story in any of the three MI newspapers I have this morning. Go MI though! All MI residents here on the DP should take a minute to email or call their reps to let them know they support the vote so the reps remember how much people really do car about things like this.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

I am often encouraged

by the local governments. What happens to people when they go to the federal level...compromised souls, I guess.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul


Hmmmmm.... now if we could just do that in IN.

What would the Founders do?

emailed the link

to Governor-elect Pence, who voted against the NDAA. Gonna hit up the reps next.

What would the Founders do?

Failure to Lead

Romney criticized Obama for "failure to lead", which was ironic because Romney never once stuck his neck out on anything. He merely criticized Obama after-the-fact. With that being said, the real leadership is coming from the state legislatures. To me, this is just another example of how out-of-touch Washington is.


Out of all the places...heh.

Good for them. Hopefully it'll spread.

A signature used to be here!


'Nuff said. GOOD JOB for once, politicians.

Lima-1, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.


Wow! Wow! Wow!
For all of Idaho's huffing and puffing about being full of liberty lovers.... Michigan delivers!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

ytc's picture

This is a great example of the virtue of the liberty movement

going LOCAL and joining force with liberals / progressives!

Bump for the great state of Michigan


Big Bump!

For the great state of Michigan

Proud to be

From Michigan today.


+1 Which

doesn't happen very often, politically speaking.