Alabama SB317, the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, passed the State Senate judiciary committee unanimously, 8-0. It will soon have a third reading and final vote in the state senate and needs your help to move forward!
This bill is currently the strongest anti-drone spying bill in the country, and your calls today can move it out of the Senate and on to the state house.
1. Contact your State Senator. Strongly, but respectfully, urge a YES vote on SB317
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2. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
3. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Using model legislation from the Tenth Amendment Center, you can introduce legislation to nullify Drones in your city, town, and county with the Privacy Protection Act.
Model legislation here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/privacy-protection-act/
ADDITIONAL BILL INFORMATION
SB317 Creates the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act.
SB317, will “prohibit any government agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information with certain exceptions for certain risks of terrorist attack and other specified law enforcement purposes. This bill would provide that any evidence gathered by a drone in violation of this act is inadmissible in any criminal prosecution. The bill also authorizes an aggrieved party to initiate a civil action against a law enforcement agency that violates this act.”
The primary engine behind the expansion of drone surveillance being carried out by states and local communities is the Federal government itself. Department of Homeland Security issues large grants to local governments so that those agencies can purchase drones. Those grants, in and of themselves, are an unconstitutional expansion of power.
The goal? Fund a network of drones around the country and put the operational burden on the states. Once the create a web over the whole country, DHS steps in with requests for ‘information sharing.’ Bills like these put a HUGE dent in this kind of long-term strategy. Without the states and local communities operating the drones today, it’s going to be nearly impossible for DHS plans to – take off.