California Action Steps

On January 6, the 4th Amendment Protection Act was introduced, SB828. (learn about it here)

STATUS: SB828 was referred to the Committee on Public Safety where it will need to pass by majority vote before the full Senate can consider it.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW.  It doesn’t matter where in California you live, take these actions today.

1. Call the Committee Chair, Loni Hancock. Strongly, but respectfully urge her to move this important bipartisan bill forward to a vote in her committee. Let her know you support SB828, and ask her if she is in favor of the bill as well. If she does not commit to a YES vote, ask her why. If she is undecided, let her know you’ll call back in a few days. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
(916) 651-4009

2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on SB828. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back in a few days.
Joel Anderson (R) Vice Chair (916) 651-4036
Kevin de Leon (D) (916) 651-4022
Steve Knight (R)  (916) 651-4021
Carol Liu (D) (916) 651-4025
Holly Mitchell (D) (916) 651-4026
Darrell Steinberg (D) (916) 651-4006

3. Attend the SB828 Lobby Day in Sacramento! Join a group of activists from left to right and head to the capitol to talk with state senators in support of SB828. This type of action can have a powerful impact.

Details here:

4. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days.   Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be.   Email us at with any information you get.

5.  on Twitter?  Retweet

6.  Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB828. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that California no longer help the federal government spy on all of us. Passing SB828 will make that happen.

7. Group leaders, send a letter to the committee in support. If you are in a leadership role with a grassroots (or other) group within the state of California, send a letter to the full committee expressing your support for SB828. The committee will be influenced to some degree by the number – and type – of groups which send letters. Keep it to one page, as they tend to just keep a list of groups and those in favor or opposed.

Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety
State Capitol Building, Room 2031
Sacramento, CA 95814



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