On Thursday, March 20, 2014 State Representative Tom McMillin, (R-Rochester) introduced a Fourth Amendment Protection Act (HB-5420) in the Michigan Legislature. Rep. McMillin, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has ten cosponsors for his bill, five Republicans and five Democrats. This bipartisan coalition is an important part of the strategy for preventing state cooperation with warrantless spying and personal data collection by the NSA or other federal agencies.

Status: The bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee for a hearing on Tuesday, March, 25.  It will need to pass by majority vote before it can be considered by the full House.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW to make sure the legislation has the support it needs to move forward.

2. Call all the other members of the Committee.  Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB5420. If they say they’re opposed, ask them why. If they’re undecided or will not commit to a YES vote, let them know you will be following up in a few days after they have a chance to consider it.

Again, make sure to contact them with a phone call rather than an email.

Kevin Cotter (R) Committee Chair – (517) 373-1789

Klint Kesto (R) Majority Vice-Chair – (517) 373-1799

Kurt Heise (R) – (517) 373-3816

Joel Johnson (R) – (517) 373-8962

Andrea LaFontaine (R) – (517) 373-8931

Tom Leonard (R) – (517) 373-1778

Martin Howrylak (R) – (517) 373-1783

Phil Cavanagh (D) Minority Vice-Chair – (517) 373-0857

Ellen Lipton (D) – (517) 373-0478

Jeff Irwin (D) – (517) 373-2577

Paul Clemente (D) – (517) 373-0140


3.  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 contact us with any information you get.

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