Colorado Anti-NDAA Bill To Have First Committee Hearing

On Wednesday, Colorado’s anti-NDAA legislation will have its first hearing. The bill was introduced last month to the House State, Military and Veteran Affairs Committee.

House Bill 13-1045 states that, “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 state 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.”

So far, the bill does not have Senate sponsorship, but is sponsored in the House by State Representative Jared Write (District 54).

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In a press release, Dan Johnson of PANDA (People Against The NDAA) writes:

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Colorado’s bill is another in a string of similar bills in other states introduced this legislative session to combat and stop certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.

Similar to Washington state’s legislation, Colorado’s version focuses on the problems with Section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA that purportedly authorizes the inclusion of U.S. citizens in its definition of “covered persons,” i.e. suspected terrorists, who can be indefinitely detained by the military without charge or trial.

The bill declares Colorado is not a “battlefield,” subject to the “laws of war,” and prohibits the detention, capture, or use of deadly force against any person in Colorado without charge or trial.

Dan encourages citizens to call and email their elected representatives to see that the legislation gets out of committee and onto the House floor. This requires action. As Johnson puts it, “One call. Two emails. Change history.”

While the committee is the notorious place where bills go to die, lobbying action from the American Civil Liberties Union is giving the legislation a fighting chance. It’s reported that the bill appears to have enough votes to get it out of committee.

Supporters of the bill are urged to contact members of the committee to ensure it passes onto the floor. (Out-of-state supporters are also urged to contact members of the committee, without mentioning the state they are calling/emailing from.)

Washington State’s anti-NDAA bill gained huge support, bringing about a huge internet campaign which resulted in the bill’s co-sponsors tripling in less then 24 hours.

Below are the Representatives that need to be contacted via email and phone. Your support is valuable.

Committee Members


Phone No.

Rep. Su Ryden (D), chair

[email protected]

(303) 866-2942

Rep. Michael Foote (D)

[email protected]

(303) 866-2920

Rep. Jovan Melton (D)

[email protected]

(303) 866-2919

Rep. Angela Williams (D)

[email protected]

(303) 866-2909

Rep. Dominick Moreno (D)

[email protected]

(303) 866-2964

Rep. Stephen Humphrey (R)

[email protected]

(303) 866-2943

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