In the face of opposition lobbying from the California Sheriffs Association and two former NSA analysts, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve a bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off all material support and assistance, including water and electricity resources, from California to federal mass surveillance programs. The vote was 7-0.
Dubbed the 4th Amendment Protection Act, Senate Bill 828 (SB828) passed the State Senate last month by a vote of 29-1, and is just two votes away from reaching Gov. Brown’s desk.
Well, okay, it still has to get out of another committee and then survive a full vote by the Assembly, but even so, I’m impressed the bill’s gotten this far. Here’s the text of the bill:
Chapter 32.5 (commencing with Section 7599) is added to Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER 32.5. The 4th Amendment Protection Act
7599. The state shall not provide material support, participation, or assistance to any federal agency attempting the illegal and unconstitutional collection of electronic data or metadata, without consent, of any person not based on a valid warrant that particularly describes the person, place, and thing to be searched or seized, seized or a court order, or in accordance with judicially recognized exceptions to warrant requirements.
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