On Feb. 26, H4791 was introduced to protect the electronic data of South Carolina residents from unwarranted surveillence within state lines. (learn about it here) It passed through the state house by a 89-17 margin, and was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will need to pass through that committee by a majority before the full state senate can have the opportunity to vote upon it.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in South Carolina you live, take these actions today.
1. Call the Committee Chair, Larry Martin. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill 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 H4791. 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.
Luke A. Rankin (R) (803) 212-6410
C. Bradley Hutto (D) (803) 212-6140
Gerald Malloy (D) (803) 212-6172
Vincent Sheheen (D) (803) 212-6032
Chip Campsen (R) (803) 212-6340
A. Shane Massey (R) (803) 212-6024
Lee Bright (R) (803) 212-6008
Creighton Coleman (D) (803) 212-6032
Shane Martin (R) (803) 212-6100
John L. Scott (D) (803) 212-6124
Chauncey Gregory (R) (803) 212-6024
Karl Allen (D) (803) 212-6040
Sean Bennett (R) (803) 212-6116
Tom Corbin (R) (803) 212-6100
Greg Hembree (R) (803) 212-6016
Kevin Johnson (D) (803) 212-6048
J. Thomas MacElveen (D) (803) 212-6132
Katrina Frye Shealy (R) (803) 212-6108
Paul Thurmond (R) (803) 212-6172
Ross Turner (R) (803) 212-6148
Tom Young (R) (803) 212-6124
J. Marlon Kimpson (D) (803) 212-6056
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 H4791. It is essential to protect the electronic data of SC residents from undue government intrusion. Passing these bills will make that happen.