Michigan Action Steps

HB5420, the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, would ban material support, resources and participation in warrantless federal surveillance programs. Introduced by Rep. McMillin, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, the bill has 10 cosponsors – five Republicans and five Democrats.

HB4911, the Freedom From Location Surveillance Act. If passed, the state would be banned from obtaining “current or future location information pertaining to a person” without a court order based on probable cause.

STATUS – Referred to the House Judiciary Committee – where it will need to pass by majority vote

Michigan residents, it doesn’t matter where you live in the state, take the following steps to support this legislation!

1. Call the Judiciary Committee Chair. Politely let him know that you support HB5420 and would like him to move this legislation forward to the full house for a vote.

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

2. Call all the other members of the Committee.  Be strong but respectful. Let each them know that you want to see 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.

Make sure to contact them with a phone call rather than an email as it has more impact.

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. Share this information widely. Whether on social media – facebook, twitter, google plus – by email, or other methods, please pass this information along to as many people as possible.

4. On twitter? Retweet?

5. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HB5420. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Michigan no longer help the federal government spy on all of us. Passing HB540 will make that happen.

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