On January 21, the 4th Amendment Protection Act was introduced, SB1849 and the companion, HB1907. (learn about it here). HB2291/SB1475 would ban obtaining location information from an electronic device without a search warrant.
STATUS – 03-12, do-or-die vote for HB1907 in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. It will need to pass by a majority vote to move forward.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in Tennessee you live, take these actions today.
1. Contact the House Civil Justice Subcommittee Chairman, Jim Coley. Politely THANK HIM for scheduling the hearing for HB1907. Let him know you personally support the bill and want him to vote YES on HB1907
A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
2. Call the rest of the subcommittee members. Be strong, but respectful. Let each them them know you want to see a YES on HB1907. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back to follow up. If you get an assistance or a voice mail, leave a message and ask for a call back to discuss. If you don’t hear back, call them again (step 4)
Mike Carter (R) (615) 741-3025
Vance Dennis (R) (615) 741-2190
Andrew Farmer (R) (615) 741-4419
Sherry Jones (D) (615) 741-2035
Jon Lundberg (R) (615) 741-7623
Mike Stewart (D) (615) 741-2184
Rick Womick (R) (615) 741-2804
3. Attend the hearing. Be professional. Be open to speak in support of the legislation should you be given an opportunity. Support in person can do more to move legislators than anything.
3pm, Room HHR31
4. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 1-2 days at MOST. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or email us at email@example.com with any information you get.
5. on Twitter? Retweet
— Nullify NSA (@NullifyNSA) March 7, 2014
6. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HB1907. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Tennessee no longer help the federal government spy on all of us. Passing HB1907 will make that happen.