JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 8, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Missouri House 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.
Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) introduced House Bill 2402 (HB2402) on Feb. 7. 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.
HB2402 is similar to a measure working its way through the Michigan legislature. That bill has already passed the state House by a vote of 107-1.
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