*** URGENT NORTH CAROLINA ACTION ALERT***
Now, the bill is scheduled for its 2nd (and most important) reading in the Senate on Monday, August 3rd. I believe the Senate will pass this bill rather quickly. When they do, we want everyone to ask the governor to sign it into law ASAP!
Thanks to everyone who helped get this bill this far and keep an eye on its progress until it becomes law!
You can track the bill's progress here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=H371. Now, for the background information.
Representative Chris Whitmire (a NC ACT! for America favorite for getting the ALAC bill passed in 2013) introduced an important bill in the North Carolina state legislature and ACT! for America is getting behind it. Further, we are asking for your help in moving it across the legislative finish line and into law.
The bill is HB371--legislation that strengthens North Carolina’s anti-terrorism laws and provides for enhanced civil liability for acts of terrorism in North Carolina. The legislation would hold those supporting those committing acts of terrorism in North Carolina civilly liable for those acts, and empower the victims of terrorist acts to sue for monetary damages.
The bill was inspired by the Jihadist terrorist attack that occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 1st 2009 in which US Army Private Andy Long was killed outside a Recruiting Station. That incident was the subject of the movie "Losing Our Sons." The federal government declined to call that incident an act of terrorism and failed to prosecute it as such.
This state level legislation is needed because homegrown Jihadists don't turn to Jihad on their own. They are recruited and indoctrinated. Those who recruit and indoctrinate for Jihad need to be made civilly liable both for the benefit of survivors and so that discovery can take place to uncover Jihad networks when the federal government fails to do its job.
This same common-sense legislation has already passed into law in Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana. In Tennessee, the House and Senate passed the legislation this April 87-3 and 31-0 in two days. They now have a mechanism for the fallen Sailor's and Marines' families to go after anyone who helped Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez prepare for his July 16th attacks. Let's keep the trend going and pass it here in our state!
Now North Carolina’s version needs to pass a vote in the House Judiciary I Committee to head to the floor.
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