Veteran Legislator Thanks ‘Liberty-Minded Citizens’ for Supporting Measure RICHMOND, April 18 – State Delegate and U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Marshall expressed thanks tonight “to the many liberty-minded citizens across Virginia” for their support of his bill enacted by the Virginia General Assembly today to block agencies and employees of the Commonwealth from taking part in unlimited detention of United States citizens by federal authorities for suspected terrorism.
“With the overwhelming General Assembly acceptance of my bill with several amendments offered by Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia is saying “no thanks” to Congress to any participation in the unconstitutional detention of American citizens without trial, legal counsel, specific charges, or the right to face their accusers,” Marshall said.
“This victory would not have been possible without strong grass-roots support for my bill from Virginians of all political backgrounds and persuasions. I thank them for taking the time to write letters, send e-mails and make telephone calls to the governor and General Assembly members. And I am proud of the Assembly’s response.”
The Virginia House of Delegates gave final approval to Marshall’s bill in an 89-7 roll-call vote. The State Senate later passed the measure, 36-1.
Marshall’s bill, HB 1160, prevents Virginia participation in the unlimited detention of United States citizens on the mere suspicion of their participation in terrorist activities or affiliations. Such detentions are authorized by an obscure section of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama in late December.
Virginia is the first state to pass a law placing a legal bar between all state agencies and any federal effort to use Section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA to suspend centuries-old habeas corpus rights.
“I hope Virginia’s enactment of HB 1160 will serve as a model for other state legislatures, encouraging them to adopt similar statutes. States simply must have a significant role and duty in resisting the federal government’s overreach.
“In the words of an editorial in today’s Richmond Times Dispatch supporting HB 1160, ‘Congress and the President should be made aware that their contempt for fundamental constitutional rights does not sit well with the American public.’”
CONTACT: State Delegate Bob Marshall, (703) - 853-4213 mobile telephone