Saturday, March 21, 2009

Constitutional Tender hearing scheduled - please help!

Dear Friends of Constitutional Tender,


This week, we asked you to contact the Chairmen of the two subcommittees that HB 430, the "Constitutional Tender Act," was assigned to. Well, you must have done a good job -- because we got a call today from Rep. Calvin Hill's office, letting us know that the subcommittees will be holding a combined hearing on HB 430 -- THIS TUESDAY, March 24th, from 10am-12pm! (in room 415 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building)

That means we're scrambling to bring in people to testify for those two hours -- experts, regular citizens, etc. But the BIGGEST thing we need is to FILL THAT COMMITTEE ROOM with supporters of the Constitutional Tender Act!

It's a sure bet that there will be lobbyists there to testify AGAINST this bill. The Georgia Bankers Association has gone on record in opposition to it. The lobbyist for the Community Bankers Association of Georgia stated clearly that they would fight it. And these guys carry a lot of political clout.

THEY will be there. Will WE?

You see, WE carry clout, too. Or at least -- we SHOULD. We should be able to stand up and demand that our legislators OBEY the U.S. Constitution.

We shouldn't HAVE to demand it -- but we SHOULD be able to MAKE it happen!

There are a number of Members of these subcommittees who have a good idea of what this bill is attempting to do. 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!

So, fellow Constitutionalists, we need to TAKE ACTION AGAIN! Here's how:
  • Contact the members of the two subcommittees -- their contact info is at the bottom of this message. We've listed them out individually, with names, phone numbers, and email addresses; we've also grouped their addresses with commas and grouped them as a list, so you can pick a list to cut and paste them into your email "To:" line.
  • Quote Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution to them: "No State shall... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts".
  • Simply ask each Member to listen to the testimony on HB 430 with an open mind. Ask them to please begin each question they may have with this phrase: "Since the U.S. Constitution requires every state to ONLY use gold and silver coins in payments to and by the State, then... [insert question here]".
  • If you want to write more, 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.
  • You could also 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.
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 this bill is moving further through the General Assembly than we EVER thought it would this year!

LET'S ROLL! -- -- click on "FAQ"

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

House Banks & Banking Committee:
CHAIR - James Mills (R-25) - - 404-656-5099

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