Saturday, February 28, 2009

Action Needed This Week - Constitutional Tender Act

Dear Friends of Constitutional Tender,

HB 430, the "Constitutional Tender Act," was brought up this week in the State House Banks and Banking Committee, and assigned to TWO subcommittees: Financial Institutions & Services, and Regulations & Oversight. This means we are making GREAT progress here in Georgia in advancing this bill!

There are a number of Members of these subcommittees who have a good idea of what this bill is attempting to do, including a few co-sponsors. But in order for the bill to continue to move forward, we need for the next important step to take place:

The members of these subcommittees MUST hear from the people about how IMPORTANT this bill is, and WHY it needs to be voted favorably back up to the Committee!

Both of these subcommittees are going to be holding hearings on HB 430 very soon, and we're going to be bringing in as many of our experts as we can to testify and explain the need and the necessity of passing this bill. We'll be letting you know when those meetings are.

So, fellow Constitutionalists, we need to TAKE ACTION AGAIN! Here's how:

  • Contact the members of the two subcommittees:

Financial Institutions & Services Subcommittee:
CHAIR - Calvin Hill (R-21) - - 404-656-0129
Stephen Allison (R-8) - - 404-656-0177
Clay Cox (R-102) - - 404-656-0188
Earl Ehrhart (R-36) - - 404-656-5141
Virgil Fludd (D-66) - - 404-656-0314
Penny Houston (R-170) - - 404-656-0202
Rahn Mayo (D-91) - - 404-656-6372
Greg Morris (R-155) - - 404-656-5116
Butch Parrish (R-156) - - 404-463-2247
Allen Peake (R-137) - - 404-656-0188
Bobby Reese (R-98) - - 404-656-0254
Jay Shaw - (D-176) - - 404-656-7859
Willie Talton (R-145) - - 404-656-0254

Regulations & Oversight Subcommittee:
CHAIR - Mike Coan (R-101) - - 404-656-6801
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D-85) - - 404-656-7859
Clay Cox (R-102) - - 404-656-0188
Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-93) - - 404-656-0287
SPONSOR - Bobby Franklin (R-43) - - 404-656-0152
Cecily Hill (R-180) - - 404-656-0177
Darryl Jordan (D-77) - - 404-656-0116
David Knight (R-126) - - 404-656-0152
Pete Marin (D-96) - - 404-656-0314
Randy Nix (R-69) - - 404-656-0177
Butch Parrish (R-156) - - 404-463-2247
Martin Scott (R-2) - - 404-656-0254
Jay Shaw (D-176) - - 404-656-7859
Tom Weldon (R-3) - - 404-656-0152

(Please email if any of these contacts don't work)

  • Explain to each Member why this bill is so important: because Georgia, like every other state, is in violation of the U.S. Constitution without such a bill (because the State is making some other "Thing" a Tender in Payment of Debts, both to and by the State). Remind each one that State legislators are all required to swear an oath to uphold that Constitution, so ethically and morally they need to do whatever the Constitution requires.
  • Inform each Member that this type of bill is also needed because, due to the ever-widening circle of economic disaster that is affecting the citizens of every State, we MUST do something to at least begin the process of restoring sound money and a sound economy, whether or not the Federal government or any other State government does so. This would immediately begin the flow of real wealth toward the state's treasury. This would stabilize the state's economy, protect the pensions of state employees, etc. -- and offer many other immediately recognizable benefits.
  • Ask each Member to listen with open minds to the testimony from experts on what exactly it would mean to carry out this bill.
  • You can also contact Chairman Mills ( - 404-656-5099), and thank him for bringing up HB 430 and assigning it to subcommittees -- and remind him again why it's important to pass this bill.

THANK YOU SO MUCH -- it's because of people like YOU, who are willing to take a few minutes of your valuable time to do something like this, that we have a GOOD SHOT at getting this bill moved through the General Assembly this year -- and even introduced in other states!


Bill Greene

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