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PostPosted: 02 Sep 2003 09:14    Post subject: defend our right to dance Reply with quote

Anti-Rave Bills
Background
Recently, Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) forced controversial legislation, widely referred to as
the "RAVE" Act, through both houses of Congress as an attachment to an unrelated child
abduction - AMBER Alert bill (S151). "RAVE" Act had not passed a single committee this
year. In addition, it was so controversial when it was introduced during the 107th
Congress that two Senators withdrew their sponsorship. The "RAVE" Act makes it easier for
the federal government to prosecute innocent business owners for the drug offenses of
their customers - even if they take steps to stop such activity.

The "RAVE" Act attached to the AMBER Alert legislation passed both the House and the
Senate despite the fact there had been no public hearing, debate or vote in Congress this
year. Due to overwhelming opposition to the "RAVE" Act, legislators were forced to remove
some of the most egregious language before it passed. For example, the word "rave" was
removed from this version of the bill. Also, the original bill suggested that prosecutors
should view the sale of water and the presence of glow-sticks or massage oil as evidence
of drug use. These preposterous "findings" were removed in large part due to activists who
sent nearly 30,000 faxes to their Senators between January and April 2003, urging them not
to support such dangerous legislation

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