JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 8, 2018) – Today, the Missouri House passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. It would also bar the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. 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. Keith Frederick (R-Rolla) introduced House Bill 2104 (HB2104) on Jan. 11. As introduced, the legislation would help block the use of cell site simulators, commonly known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device.
An amendment filed by Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) on the House floor expanded the legislation to 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, …
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