It’s been a busy week legislatively, and it did not turn out well for conservatism or liberty.
First, the Senate Education Committee considered a bill that would require students to use the bathroom of their gender, and not what gender they decided to call themselves. In a surprising move, the committee killed the bill. It’s likely that the defeat was heavily influenced by a statement Lt. Gov. Randy McNally made last week. He said the bill was no longer needed in light of the federal government’s recent action.Killing the bill highlights the short-sightedness of many legislators. His statement and republicans on the committee killing the measure assume that the proponents of debauchery will give up pushing their deviant agenda. And, they assume that democrats will never have the majority in congress again. Republicans are wrong in both assumptions.Secondly, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee heard a bill that would have changed the matrix of Civil Asset Forfeiture. HB0421 would have mandated that a person’s assets could not be forfeited unless that person was convicted of a crime, and the conviction could prove that assets to be forfeited were obtained through criminal activity. This bill would have brought state law enforcement officers into constitutional compliance by protecting the citizenry’s Due Process as spelled out in Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. It would have also brought Civil Asset Forfeiture into compliance with our state Constitution Art. 1, Section 7 which states that people shall be secure in their persons, homes, papers and possessions, and protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. Killing this bill shreds the fundamental liberties Americans are entitled to, and furthers the belief that we’re becoming a police state.Of the seven subcommittee members hearing the bill, only two voted for passage. Among the five members who voted to kill the bill was Andrew Farmer.So, if you are ever stopped by law enforcement and happen to have cash in your possession, and the officer simply suspects you obtained that cash illegal, expect the officer to confiscate it. Citizens still have to prove their innocence, instead of being presumed innocent until proven guilty.Lastly, the House Transportation Committee heard the Improve act, the bill that would raise fuel taxes. I wrote you after the Transportation Subcommittee hearing, stating that I expected all amendments adopted by the Subcommittee — including the language from Hawk’s bill– to be stripped at the full committee hearing. I was right.Rep. Dale Carr did propose an amendment at the full committee hearing that would have diverted 33.5% of existing new-car sales tax to TDOT as a user fee. His amendment was praised by several republicans as the way to to. But, his amendment was killed.During the meeting, Chairman Doss stated he was “committed to get this vote out one way or another”. He had no desire to consider anything other than Halsam’s tax increase. He was so bent on getting the increase, he willfully broke two major rules. It’s better for me to give you the links to the stories than to try explaining it myself, as I could potentially omit critical information. You will see in the first link that Rep. Carr, having his amendment defeated, voted for Haslam’s tax increase.http://tennesseestar.com/2017/ 03/22/boss-doss-breaks-rules- to-ram-amended-gas-tax- increase-through-house- transportation-committee/http://tennesseestar.com/2017/ 03/23/state-rep-sam-whitson- is-proud-of-his-vote-to- increase-the-gas-tax-in-house- transporation-committee/Representative Jerry Sexton summed it up best just before the vote was taken: “I praise the Carr amendment because it gives TDOT the money that they’re asking for without raising taxes. ~~~We have done what we said we would not do, and that’s raise taxes. ~~~This is farce. We have the money to fix our roads and bridges, but we’re going to raise taxes. ~~~So, when you go the pump, republicans did it to you. Don’t blame the democrats”.Just these three issues are why I said early on that we’re going to concentrate on state issues rather than federal. But it takes your involvement. Two of the three are just some of the reasons our founders revolted against the Throne. Now, the state is doing to us what the Throne did to our founders.Because both our reps voted against liberty, I have to wonder if they actually heard from their constituents and chose to ignore the will of the people, or if they didn’t get the necessary phone calls and simply decided to vote with the governor. Either way, Liberty lost this week. We must stay involved if we are to have any chance to preserve liberty.Steve OsbornSCTP Chairman“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”.signed,
our founding Father