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Patriot Act opposed by Nevada City

Citing the need to uphold the Constitution, four Nevada City City Council members voted to oppose the USA Patriot Act Monday night, delighting dozens of the anti-terrorism act’s foes who packed the chambers for a second evening of debate.

Mayor Conley Weaver abstained after saying the resolution’s supporters did not represent a majority of the community.

Nevada City is the 343rd community to oppose the lengthy law since it was passed after the 2001 terror attacks, said Beth Moore Haines, the primary supporter of the Nevada City resolution. Haines spearheaded a local campaign to oppose the law, which she believes conflicts with the Bill of Rights.



After hearing from 19 supporters and two opponents of the resolution, council members Steve Cottrell, David McKay, Kerry Arnett and Sally Harris agreed with Haines that the Patriot Act is a local issue as much as it is a national issue.

Haines said she plans to take her anti-Patriot Act resolution to Grass Valley, Truckee, and Nevada County.




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