Doubling Down: California has a Second Bill to Protect the 4th Amendment

Californians saw their legislators Senators Ted Lieu (D) and Joel Anderson (R) make news earlier this year with SB828, a bill requiring individualized warrants for any state and federal investigation or bulk collection of data as well as denying state resources and assets to such federal operations. Now in the lower chamber Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R), candidate for Governor and no stranger to taking on the feds, has amended his AB2468, the California Privacy Protection Act, to reflect the same demands.

In Section 1(B) the consequences for state violators are clear:

(2) An officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state who is found to have violated subdivision (b) in a final judicial determination shall be deemed to have resigned from his or her office or employment, and he or she shall thereafter be ineligible to serve in any public office or public employment within this state.
(3) A corporation providing services on behalf of the state or a political subdivision of the state that is found to have violated subdivision (b) in a final judicial determination shall be ineligible to provide services on behalf of, or provide services to, the state or a political subdivision of the state.

There is no set date for the first hearing for AB2468, but all legislation will receive a hearing by May 2 in California, so stay tuned for an update. The upper chamber’s SB828 is slated for a hearing on April 29 at 9:30am in front of the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Donnelly says that AB2468 “asserts California’s right as a state to not comply with the unconstitutional invasion of our privacy by the NSA. If enacted, AB2468 would reserve the people’s right to protect Californians from this suspension of our civil liberties which is the unlawful search and seizure of data from our cell phones and email on California soil.”

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in California you live, take these actions today to support AB2468. Perhaps even more urgently, click here to support SB828 as well.

1. Call your Assemblymember. Strongly, but respectfully urge him/her to support AB2468 vocally now and when it comes to a vote. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email. You can easily find your legislator here.

2. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be.

4. SHARE this information widely. By facebook, twitter, email, and more.

5. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for AB2468. It is unacceptable for CA officials to comply with the NSA’s blatently unconstitutional spying program. AB2468 would bring that relationship to an end.

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