By: Mike Maharrey|Published on: Jan 23, 2020|Categories: State Bills, War|
HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 23, 2020) – A bill introduced in the Hawaii House would prohibit unconstitutional foreign deployments of the state’s National Guard troops. Passage into law would effectively restore the founders’ framework for a state-federal balance regarding the state militia.
Rep. Dale Kobayashi (D) introduced House Bill 2168 (HB2168) on Jan. 21. The legislation would only allow the release of Hawaii National Guard units into active combat duty if there was a Congressional declaration of war or if the action was pursuant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 of the United States Constitution to explicitly calling forth the Hawaii National Guard to:
Execute the laws of the union
Repel an invasion
Suppress an insurrection
HB2168 specifically defines a declaration of war as ” an official declaration of war made by the United States Congress pursuant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution.”