A Minnesota bill which would require a search warrant “before obtaining personal identifying information on an individual” regardless of any order or protest by national authority has been introduced in the state House. You can learn more about the legislation HERE.
HF3173 was introduced March 19 and referred to the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It will take public pressure to get the bill a hearing and a vote to move it out of committee. Take these actions today no matter where you live in Minnesota.
1. Call the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee Chair, Michael Paymar. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move HF3173 forward to a vote in his committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on SB2438. 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.
Author of HF3173 John Lesch should be thanked! (651) 296-4224
Vice Chair Paul Rosenthal (651) 296-7803
Republican Lead Tony Cornish (651) 296-4240
Debra Hilstrom (651) 296-3709
Brian Johnson (651) 296-4346
Tim Kelly (651) 296-8635
Andrea Kieffer (651) 296-1147
Kathy Lohmer (651) 296-4244
Joe Mullery (651) 296-4262
Jim Newberger (651) 296-2451
Shannon Savick (651) 296-8216
Dan Schoen (651) 296-4342
Steve Simon (651) 296-9889
Linda Slocum (651) 296-7158
Mark Uglem (651) 296-5513
John Ward (651) 296-4333
ex-officio Lyndon Carlson, Sr. (651) 296-4255
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information you get.
4. SHARE this information widely. By facebook, twitter, email, and more.
5. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HF3173. It is essential to take measures to protect the privacy rights of MN residents. Passing HF3173 will help make that happen.