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Flagstaff City Council Says No To Anti NDAA Resolution

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Despite passionate speeches by nearly a dozen Flagstaff Residents in support of a resolution supporting House Bill 2573 (Liberty Preservation Act), six of seven Flagstaff council members said they were not interested in moving forward.

The proposal for a resolution supporting HB2573 (a bill that protects Arizonans from sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA which authorize indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial or formal charges) was brought forward by council member Jeff Oravits. Oravits argued that it is the responsibility of the council to defend the basic Constitutional rights of Flagstaff residents.

Council member Celia Barotz said she needed more time to read HB2573 before she could support a resolution. Council member Coral Evans said that she was not convinced that sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA were as bad as HB2573 made them out to be. Mayor Jerry Nabours explained that his policy is to not support any resolution ever. He said that rather than pass a resolution, concerned Flagstaff residents should contact their state officials and make their voice heard.

Supporters of the resolution say these resolutions are needed to show the State legislature and Governor Brewer that cities and counties across Arizona believe the State should protect the Constitutional rights of its citizens. The state needs to feel the pressure. In May 2012, Governor Brewer vetoed a similar anti NDAA bill. 

After the discussion, council member Oravits issued the following statement:

“Tonight I brought to Council a Resolution to support Arizona House Bill 2573 which would make it illegal for any Arizona law enforcement official to material support the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the Federal Government through Executive Order to arrest and detain indefinitely American Citizens on American soil without Due process or trial.

One week after Council voted for a Civil Rights Ordinance, they decided not to allow my Resolution to go to vote.

One of the reasons given, they did not have time to read the 2 page House Bill.

Another reason, they did not have time to read the NDAA, and remember that the House Bill only relates to sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA, 1091 words,  just over 2 pages.

I thank everyone who came out tonight to support the Resolution. I am confident this will overwhelmingly pass the Arizona House and I thank Representative Brenda Barton for her leadership on this Bill.”

If you have an opinion about tonight’s decision, you can contact the Flagstaff City Council at: council@flagstaffaz.gov

UPDATE: The City of Flagstaff issued the following statement on their website:

“Due to technical difficulties the first 1 1/2 hour of the work session did not record. We apologize for this inconvenience. Items presented/discussed during this time included: Public Participation, Item 10 and Item 6.”

This means that all of last night’s NDAA discussion in front of the council has vanished from the record.



  1. February 27, 2013 at 8:14 am
  2. February 27, 2013 at 11:03 am


  3. carl
    February 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    flaggers love their big gov

  4. robert44
    March 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    seig heil big brother, and his grants $.

  5. March 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Remnants of Liberty.

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