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Updates on legislation in Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire and Washington State

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Today, there were hearings on two bills designed to push back against the growing surveillance state.

INDIANA

Indiana SB231, 4th Amendment Protection Act to ban all state assistance to NSA, is held up in committee with a 5-5 vote as of this writing. It needs to pass today to meet deadlines, and the sponsor tweeted that the chair has recessed his committee to discuss.

We’ll post an update as soon as we get one.

KANSAS

Kansas HB2421 – to ban local data mining and the receipt of warrantless data from federal agencies – had a hearing as well today. No vote was yet taken. Law enforcement strongly opposed the efforts, claiming that the bill’s warrant requirements would get in the way of their work.

From The Republic:

Law enforcement officials oppose the bill because it says that in seeking a warrant, a local or state agency must have probable cause to believe the subject of the information they’re seeking may have committed a crime. Howe said often, such information is sought early in an investigation, well before authorities are ready to arrest someone.

In what might be shocking to some in the general public, a clue came up in the committee as to why law enforcement is opposed to basic warrant requirements – they’re scanning license plates and storing data on everyday people. Bill sponsor Brett Hildabrand tweeted about this discovery:

HB2421 will need to be voted on in this committee before being moved to the full house for consideration. Take action to help this happen here: http://offnow.org/kansas

NEW HAMPSHIRE

On Thursday, a pair of bills will get a hearing and likely vote in the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. HB1533 prohibits searching information in a portable device without a warrant and designates a Class-A misdemeanor charge against any official purposely in violation. HB1619 affirms a reasonable expectation of privacy in information from sources including, “telephone; electric, water and other utility services; internet service providers; social media providers; banks and financial institutions; insurance companies; and credit card companies.”

Take action to support here: http://offnow.org/newhampshire

WASHINGTON

Inside sources tell us that HB2272 is getting considerable attention in the grassroots, but that it has significant hurdles to pass this week. In fact, House Judiciary Chair, Rep. Laurie Jinkins (District 27) has the power to allow the bill to move forward or die. HB2272 needs to be scheduled for a hearing no later than 02-05 and must pass the committee by majority vote no later than 02-07. Rep. Jinkins can be moved to act on the bill by phone calls from people in the state of Washington, primarily those in her 27th District (that’s most of northern Tacoma)

More details here: http://offnow.org/washington

3 thoughts on “Updates on legislation in Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire and Washington State

  1. All of these years the Loyal American Citizen has obeyed the Constitution and other laws of the USA. Since obammy won’t fix the borders of the USA, there is more dangerous people coming into the USA. GO AND SPY ON THEM AND LEAVE ALL OF US ALONE. We love our country and traitors, drug smugglers and everyone doesn’t. If they all did then they would get in line and come in the USA legally. There is 50% from Mexico and 50% from the rest of the world. We don’t appreciate illegals coming in when they want to. This is a FREE country. WE THE PEOPLE DON’T WANT COMMUNISM, TRAITORS, SOCIALIST, TERRORISTS, ETC. We want a pres. that will fight for our country and not put socialis/communist in our government. We have a right to visit OUR HOUSE. Actually, he can resign as he is to timid to leed us. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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