Oregon Action Steps

On 02-03-14, SB1583 was introduced in the state senate to ban the use of data collected without a warrant by any public agent in Oregon, including court proceedings.  This proposal would take important steps forward to protect people in Oregon from some of the practical effects of unwarranted surveillance. (learn about it here).

STATUS – 02-05-14, Public hearing held in the committee on General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection.
It will need to pass this committee by a majority vote before moving on to the senate judiciary committee.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in Oregon you live, take these actions today.

1. Call the committee chair and vice-chair. Politely thank them for sponsoring SB1583. Let them know you’d like to see the bill moved forward for a vote – and that you support the legislation as well.  .

Sen. Chip Shields – 503-986-1722
Sen. Larry George, vice-chair – 503-986-1713

2. Call all the other members of the committee.  Be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on SB1583. 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.

Sen. Herman E. Baertschiger Jr – 503-986-1702
Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson – 503-986-1725
Sen. Floyd Prozanski – 503-986-1704

3.   Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 2-3 days.   Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be.   Email us at [email protected] with any information you get.

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 SB1583. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Oregon no longer help the federal government spy on all of us. Passing SB1583 is the first step towards making that happen.

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