OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 11, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Washington state House would end state cooperation with warrantless federal spying. Passage of the legislation would not only help protect privacy in Washington, it would help hinder unconstitutional federal surveillance.
A coalition of five representatives introduced House Bill 1193 (HB1193) last year and it was reintroduced Monday for the 2018 session. Titled the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, the legislation would ban state material support to any federal agency engaged in warrantless spying.
“It is the policy of this state to refuse material support, participation, or assistance to any federal agency which claims the power, or with any federal law, rule, regulation, or order which purports to authorize, the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place, and thing to be searched or seized.”
Specifically, it would prohibit state or local agencies and their employees in their official capacities from providing material support to federal agencies engaged in warrantless spying. It would also bar the use of any state assets or funds to engage in any activity that aids a federal …
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