4th Amendment Protection Act

The 4th Amendment Protection Act would ban a state from taking actions which provide “material support or resources” to warrantless federal spying programs. This includes provisioning of resources, and banning the state from using data obtained without warrant in state court.

States should pass this legislation whether they have a physical NSA facility or not. Banning the warrantless data in court will have an immediate effect. And, since the NSA rarely publicizes its plans in advance, it’s essential to ensure that their ability to expand with more data center facilities around the country is restricted before they get off the ground.

In 2015, I introduced HB 443 to accomplish these goals. The bill made it through committee but fell just short of passing the House.

Bill highlights:

•Prohibits state and local governments from providing material support to, or using data from, federal agencies that obtain electronic communications without a warrant.

The text of the bill can be found here.

The full page about the bill can be found here.