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New Law Allows Searches of DC, Virginia, Maryland Homes Without A Warrant

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https://71republic.com/2017/08/27/new-law-allows-searches-of-dc-virginia-maryland-homes-without-a-warrant/

A new bill was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Trump on August 22nd that compromises homeowner’s right to privacy in certain parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

The law in question is a simple law regarding the foundation of a Metrorail Safety Commission. The bill cites the millions of people “the safety of whom is paramount” as the primary reason for the creation of a new Commission. The commission would have basic oversight over the Metrorail, to ensure that it meets safety standards.

One clause buried in the seemingly harmless legislation appears to be some cause for concern. The clause lies under the “Powers” section of the bill, and reads:

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I'd give this law about five working days after the first use till the Judge hearing the case asks the Metrorail Safety Commission "what the hell are you smoking?" and then boots this law, and the lawyer representing the Commission, to the curb.

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16 minutes ago, EgyptKang said:

Trump is curbing our rights.

The President signed into law a bill passed by Congress. The bill had 399 votes in the House.  If the same proportion based it in the Senate, it was veto proof.  So look to the your legislative branch for the curbing of rights.

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1 hour ago, EgyptKang said:

Trump is curbing our rights.

Yeah, sure.  Where were all the democrats speaking out against this?  Nowhere to be found I see.  This bill is nuts from both sides and only demonstrates why people like Trump end up getting elected.  Government made up of politicians who continually take our rights away.  Stuff like this only serves to reinforce conservative views that we need to curb the powers of government as much as we can.  Problem is we have very few actual conservatives in government.  

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In the vote held on whether or not to pass the legislation, 399 Representatives voted yea. Only 5 voted nay. 1.1% of House Representatives voted against the piece of legislation. Those who voted nay were Representatives Amash, Jones, Massie, Mooney, and Sanford, all of whom are Republicans.

 

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So did any of you do even the most basic critical thinking or fact checking before going off about this? :rolleyes:

Did the fact that it was a RalR thread give any of you even a momentary second thought?

Edited by Calamari

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Oh please, this is such nonsense. No safety inspectors from Metro are going to be searching homes with or without a warrant. And I love the stock photo of some sheriff’s department bashing in a door. More paranoid, delusional insanity. I expect it when Democrats are in office but you guys are supposed to chill out a bit when Republicans are.

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3 hours ago, Jimmy Jazz said:

Oh please, this is such nonsense. No safety inspectors from Metro are going to be searching homes with or without a warrant. And I love the stock photo of some sheriff’s department bashing in a door. More paranoid, delusional insanity. I expect it when Democrats are in office but you guys are supposed to chill out a bit when Republicans are.

Then why even put this legislation forward and pass it?  What good does it even do?

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10 hours ago, MiddleOfTheRoad said:

The President signed into law a bill passed by Congress. The bill had 399 votes in the House.  If the same proportion based it in the Senate, it was veto proof.  So look to the your legislative branch for the curbing of rights.

It's not curbing anything until it's used and then tested by the Supremes. 

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5 minutes ago, bmore_ken said:

It's not curbing anything until it's used and then tested by the Supremes. 

Gee, ya' think?  Read my post just above the one you quote.

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13 hours ago, TheBaldGuy said:

Sounds like a violation of the constitution. 

Most Likely Not.

In the same way that eminent domain can be used to take property, the clause allows entry to "ADJACENT" properties.

This means properties that share a property line with the WMATA right of way or property.

It also gives due process " Enter upon the WMATA Rail System and, upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, "

SO they have to notify the property owner -- before they enter  - REASONABLE NOTICE

And it IS is in keeping with other precedent regarding entrance to private property regarding safety issues for PUBLIC Utilities.

If BGE smells gas, or sees electrical danger they can forcefully enter a building or other premises without the consent of the owner.

 

 

Text of the "pupose" of the MSC Compact

The purpose of this MSC Compact is to create a state safety 
oversight authority for the WMATA Rail System, pursuant to the mandate 
of federal law, as a common agency of each Signatory, empowered in the 
manner hereinafter set forth to review, approve, oversee, and enforce 
the safety of the WMATA Rail System, including, without limitation, to:
            ``(a) Have exclusive safety oversight authority and 
        responsibility over the WMATA Rail System pursuant to federal 
        law, including, without limitation, the power to restrict, 
        suspend, or prohibit rail service on all or part of the WMATA 
        Rail System as set forth in this MSC Compact;
            ``(b) Develop and adopt a written state safety oversight 
        program standard;
            ``(c) Review and approve the WMATA Public Transportation 
        Agency Safety Plan;
            ``(d) Investigate hazards, incidents, and accidents on the 
        WMATA Rail System;
            ``(e) Require, review, approve, oversee, and enforce 
        Corrective Action Plans developed by WMATA; and
            ``(f) Meet other requirements of federal and State law 
        relating to safety oversight of the WMATA Rail System.

 

SO - The ONLY reasons they can even enter is to Investigate Hazards, accidents, and incidents, and to meet other requirements of federal and State Laws for WMATA safety oversight. -- and they have to give reasonable notice.

Anything found outside the scope would be deemed tainted -- and there is no authority to seize anything.

 

Since MARYLAND is a Signatory to the COMPACT -- If you feel it is too far reaching contact your MD State Senators and Representatives

Edited by karlydee2

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16 hours ago, cprenegade said:

Then why even put this legislation forward and pass it?  What good does it even do?

So that safety inspectors for Metro can enter private property adjacent to Metro for the purposes of ensuring the safety of Metro without getting caught up in disputes about trespassing. karlydee provides a good summary above.

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