Warrantless electronic surveillance is target of new bill in Legislature

The Seattle TimesJanuary 19, 2014 

If House Bill 2272 became law, the state of Washington would not cooperate with federal agencies in any warrantless electronic surveillance.

Called the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, the bill would establish a state policy to refuse participation in electronic data collection on any person without a warrant and would make it a misdemeanor for state officials to do so.

Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, is sponsoring the bill.

“It seemed like every single day there was an article about NSA (National Security Agency) surveillance,” Taylor said. “We thought if the federal government is going to refuse to address the issue, that’s what the state will aim for.”

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