Michigan Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Yesterday, a Michigan Senate committee held a hearing on a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own.

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Michigan Action Alert: Help Pass HB4430, No Resources for Warrantless Surveillance

The same week that Congress reauthorized and expanded NSA spying, the Michigan House passed HB4430 by a vote of 107-1, a bill to ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. (learn more here).  The bill is now in the Senate Judiciary committee where it needs to pass to move forward. Please take the following actions in support!

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Arizona Bill Takes on Federal Militarization of Police and the Surveillance State

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Arizona Senate would require law enforcement agencies to get local government approval before acquiring or using military equipment or surveillance technology. Passage of the legislation would set the stage to limit the surveillance state, along with the impact of federal programs that militarize local police.

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Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – A bill prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Sooner State, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Michigan House Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

“If the federal government continues its mass warrantless surveillance programs, it should get no help carrying them out from the State of Michigan,” Howrylak said. “My bill will certify that the State of Michigan will not assist the federal government in any data collection unless it is 100 percent consistent with the U.S. Constitution.”

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