COLUMBUS – On December 14th, 2014, Ohio’s “right to a trial” resolution passed 12-0 through the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee. It was sponsored by Representative Ron Young, and co-sponsored by 17 other Ohio Representatives.
The resolution, H.C.R. 41, does not ban the provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), or the laws of war, in Ohio. However, it does something even more interesting. This resolution requests the state Attorney General to file a lawsuit against the 2012 NDAA, sends the legislature’s concerns to Congress, and…officially submits the resolution to the news media of Ohio to cover at the legislature’s request.
Since the passage of the 2012 NDAA, local, state, and national media has been remarkably silent on the effects and controversy surrounding this law. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow may have given the most attention to the law, airing a piece on prime time, but besides her show and a few mentions on CNN and FOX, the American people have had to rely on alternative news sources like Russia Today, Current TV, The Blaze, and the the internet for information. This resolution would place the NDAA controversy on Ohioans television screens, and could bring more media attention to this issue than nearly any other action to date. Thanks to the help of the Ohio Tenth Amendment Center and the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), this resolution is on its way to the House floor.
HCR 41 will be voted on soon. Please take a minute below and urge your Ohio House member to pass this very unique resolution:
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Dan Johnson is the Founder and National Director of People Against the NDAA.