Jan 162017
 
 January 16, 2017  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Mike Maharrey writes:

A bill filed in the Washington state Senate would initiate a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to ensure that electronic communications and data are secure from unreasonable searches and seizures. Passage would not only increase privacy protections in Washington, it would also hinder some federal surveillance programs.

A bipartisan coalition of 14 representatives introduced House Joint Resolution 4201 (HJR4201) on Jan. 11. If passed by both the House and the Senate by a 2/3 majority, the legislation would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in the next general election. The proposed language would amend Article 1 Sec. 7 of the state constitution to prohibit warrantless searches and seizures that include electronic data and communications.

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