Six years ago, State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) was a California assembly member who campaigned for then-candidate Barack Obama.
California has become the largest state to pass some version of the “4th Amendment Protection Act” in one of its lawmaking bodies. The Golden State’s senate passed the bill on Monday, and the bill likely will come before the state assembly later this summer.
As currently drafted, the California bill prohibits “the state from providing 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 or a court order, or in accordance with judicially recognized exceptions to warrant requirements.”
State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who authored the bill, told Ars that the bill is a “substantive and symbolic” way to counter the effects of the National Security Agency (NSA). Lieu is an Air Force veteran who served as a prosecutor in the Judge Advocate General corps, and he currently serves as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force reserves.
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