LANSING, Mich. (Dec. 7, 2017) – On Tuesday, A Michigan House committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs, an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end its own spying.
Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced House Bill 4430 (HB4430) on March 28. The legislation would prohibit the state and its political subdivisions from assisting, participating with, or providing “material support or resources, to a federal agency to enable it to collect, or to facilitate in the collection or use of a person’s electronic data” unless one of three conditions apply:
(a) The person has given informed consent.
(b) The action is pursuant to a warrant that is based upon probable cause and particularly describes the person, place, or thing to be searched or seized.
(c) The action is in accordance with a legally recognized exception to warrant requirements.
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed a substitute version of HB4430 by an 8-0 vote. The amended language added definitions and did not change the effect of the bill.
“If the federal government continues its mass warrantless …
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