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Colorado, NDAA and the Constitution.

On January 21, 2013, in Politics, U.S. News, Veterans, by Paul Swansen
Colorado state welcome sign, along Interstate ...

Colorado state welcome sign, along Interstate 70, entering from Utah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Colorado, NDAA and the Constitution are once again front and center at the start of the new year. The State of Colorado Sixty-ninth General Assembly began just about two weeks ago. There are currently 50 pieces of legislation on their docket. One of particular interest is HB13-1045 introduced by Colorado House Rep Jared Wright, and assigned to House the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee.

Formally the bill title says -

A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING PROHIBITING ASSISTANCE BY THE STATE WITH
ENFORCEMENT OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL
“NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR
2012″.

A summary of the bill, so you don’t have to read through all the political speak -

An agency of this state, a political subdivision of this state, an
employee of an agency of this state or of a political subdivision of this
acting in his or her official capacity, and a member of the Colorado
National Guard serving in his or her official capacity are prohibited from
aiding 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 for Fiscal Year 2012″,
if such aid would place the entity in violation of any provision of the
United States constitution, the Colorado constitution, or any law of this
state.

 

An amazing and highlightable note of the bill is according to the Colorado Legislative Council Staff Fiscal Note (CLCSFN) “The bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.” This is a rarity in political legislative measures. What Colorado’s proposed legislation addresses how on the the state level, Colorado will handle, The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012.

The NDAA authorizes funding for, among other things, “for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, “ according to the bills language. The focus of the legal matters appears to be focused on the NDAA section entitled,

Subtitle D—Counterterrorism
SEC. 1021. AFFIRMATION OF AUTHORITY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF
THE UNITED STATES TO DETAIN COVERED PERSONS
PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE.

Colorado is taking steps to protect the citizens of Colorado. Seeing as President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on January 2, 2013, despite his own threat to veto it. The president is following his 2012 previous signing of the NDAA as the bill contains and establishes the budget for the U.S. Armed Forces for 2013.

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