Model Legislation

There are THREE steps that can be taken on a state level to make life difficult for the NSA. Contact your state rep AND senator and urge them to introduce all three.
HERE: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

1. 4th Amendment Protection Act. Our signature model legislation, the 4th Amendment Protection Act, would ban a state from taking actions which provide “material support” or assistance to warrantless federal spying programs. This includes provisioning of resources, and banning the state from using data obtained without warrant in state court.

States should pass this legislation whether they have a physical NSA facility or not, banning the warrantless data in court will have an immediate effect. And, since the NSA rarely publicizes its plans in advance, it’s essential to ensure that their ability to expand with more data center facilities around the country is restricted before they get off the ground. (learn more here)

MODEL LEGISLATION HERE (.pdf)

2. Electronic Data Privacy Act.  For those states where legislators are not yet willing or able to get the full 4th Amendment Protection Act passed, the Electronic Data Privacy Act is a powerful first step.  By banning the use of warrantless data in court, this state legislation can thwart some of the practical effects of federal spying programs.  (learn more here)

MODEL LEGISLATION HERE (.pdf)

3.  Freedom From Location Surveillance Act.  A narrow, but important first step against the growing surveillance state, the Freedom From Location Surveillance Act bans state and local law enforcement from obtaining the location information of a person’s electronic device without a warrant.

The NSA is tracking the physical location of people through their cellphones. In late 2013, the Washington Post reported that NSA is “gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” This includes location data on “tens of millions” of Americans each year – without a warrant.

MODEL LEGISLATION COMING SOON

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LOCAL: 4TH AMENDMENT PROTECTION RESOLUTION
Model resolution which should be passed both in your county and your city/town. It supports the 4th Amendment and calls on the state to pass the 4th Amendment Protection Act against NSA spying
Get it here

CAMPUS: 4TH AMENDMENT PROTECTION UNIVERSITY RESOLUTION
coming soon!

9 Responses to “Model Legislation”

  1. Hawaii State Legislature goes into session on January 15th, this information would be helpful here before the session begins. Anybody from Hawaii reading this blog?

  2. Who is the LEGISLATIVE of MISSISSIPPI?

    • go to: http://www.legislature.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx Click on the legislative tab. To find your representative click on House Rooster. Find your reps by district. Click on Senate rooster. Find your senator by district. Talk to representatives in both houses. If it is too late to introduce legislation in this year, then ask them to consider it for next legislative session. If they can still introduce it this year, let us know if they are on board!

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