House Bill 283 (HB283), introduced by Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-4th District), and Senate Bill 142 (SB142), introduced by Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-District G), both seek to ban the state and local governments from assisting, cooperating with or participating “with a federal agency in the collection of electronic data” under any federal acts which authorize that collection “without a search warrant that particularly describes the person, place, and thing to be searched or seized.” (learn about it here)
STATUS – both bills have been referred to their respective chamber’s committee on community and regional affairs where a majority vote will be required before passing on to the next stage, the Judiciary Committee.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in Alaska you live, take these actions today.
1. Call senate committee chair Peter Micciche. Thank him for co-sponsoring SB142! Let him know that you support the bill and would like to see it quickly move forward in his committee.
2. Call all the rest of the committee members. Strongly, but respectfully, ask them to support and vote YES on SB142. 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.
Senator Giessel, vice-chair 465-4843
Senator Egan 465-4947
Senator Bishop 465-2327
Senator Hoffman 465-4453
3. Call house committee co-chairs. Politely let them know that you support HB283 and would like them to quickly move the bill forward in their committee.
Gabrielle LeDoux 465-4998
Benjamin Nageak 465-3473
4. Call all the rest of the committee members. Strongly, but respectfully, ask them to support and vote YES on HB283. 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.
Neal Foster 465-3789
Bob Herron 465-4942
Kurt Olson 465-2693
Lora Reinbold 465-3822
Harriet Drummond 465-3875
5. 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. Comment below or email us at [email protected] with any information you get.
6. on Twitter? Retweet
— Nullify NSA (@NullifyNSA) January 31, 2014
7. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB142 and HB283. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Alaska no longer help the federal government spy on all of us. Passing SB142 and HB283 is an important step towards making that happen.