On February 5, 2009, Arizona House Representative Jerry Weiers ignored his oath of office and responsibility to the people of Arizona by introducing HB 2380 for its first reading by the Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety. Since then, the bill has been read a second time and received five yes votes during a committee vote. No one voted against the bill although three lawmakers were absent during the vote. Additionally, the bill appears to have cleared the Rules Committee and is currently awaiting a full vote on the House floor.
In this week’s Tucson Weekly, an article was published regarding my ongoing civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit names several Tohono O’odham police officers and stems from an illegal general law enforcement checkpoint conducted with U.S. Customs and U.S. Border Patrol agents in 2002.
Over at Freedom’s Phoenix, Barry Hess has written a good commentary on HB2380, an onerous bill working its way through the Arizona legislature. If passed into law, this bill will amend ARS 13-2401 and allow cops, prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys to interfere with freedom of speech, freedom of the press and equal protection by unilaterally deciding what personal information about themselves can be posted online.
If passed into law, this bill will amend ARS 13-2401 to allow current and retired ‘peace officers’ along with other protected classes to decide what ‘personal information’, including photos, can be posted about them online and to bring felony charges against those who fail to remove posted information after the protected individual has ordered them to do so.