View Full Version : Bipartisan Michigan bill would ban resources to NSA

03-23-2014, 12:17 AM
March 21, 2014 / Shane Trejo

LANSING, March 21, 2014 – A bipartisan group of Michigan state representatives have introduced a bill to ban the state from providing material support to the National Security Agency (NSA). The legislation would also block some immediate practical effects of federal warrantless surveillance programs.

House Bill 5420 (HB5420), the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, was introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) on Thursday to prohibit any state support of the NSA. Cosponsors include 5 Republicans and 5 Democrats, closely matching the party breakdown of the state house.

“There is a clear assault by federal government agencies like the NSA on Michigan citizens’ fourth amendment rights,” Rep. McMillin said. “We should do everything we can to stop that assault.”

Michigan joins a host of states including Arizona, California and South Carolina which are considering similar legislation to push back against NSA spying this year.

Practically speaking, HB5420 addresses three areas where the NSA relies on state assistance to continue their programs.