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.

Sen. Juan Mendez (D-Tempe) along with five Democrat cosponsors, introduced Senate Bill 1430 (SB1430). The legislation would require Arizona law enforcement agencies to get approval from the government body that oversees it before funding, acquiring or deploying military or surveillance equipment. As part of the approval process, the law enforcement agency would be required to develop an impact report, make it publically available and submit it to its local government body. The report would have to include a large amount of information including how the equipment would be used, how the department would ensure the protection of civil liberties, and in the case of surveillance, how the data would be stored, shared and protected.

SB1430 would apply both to the well-known 1033 program, along with any other military surplus program operated by the federal government. The legislation covers an extensive list …

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