Washington State is home to the formerly secret Yakima Listening post, which is being closed in the near future and operations likely moved to Colorado. But, the facility is still in operation, making passage of the 4th Amendment Protection Act in the state hold more practical effect.
For 2015, two bills in Washington State (HB1440 and HB1473) would ban material support or resources to federal surveillance programs by NSA and other agencies. HJR4200 is a resolution that would allow the voters to amend the Washington state constitution to protect electronic data and communication at the same level as "persons, houses, papers, and effects."
Strong grassroots action can build upon these efforts and take things to the next level.
1. Call the House Public Safety Committee Chair, Roger Goodman
Politely thank him for cosponsoring HB1440. Ask him to move the bill forward - WITHOUT AMENDMENT - to a hearing and executive session so the state house can consider it. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
2. Call the rest of the committee members
Be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on HB1440, without amendment.
Tina Orwall (D) Vice Chair (360) 786-7834
Brad Klippert (R) Ranking Minority Member (360) 786-7882
Dave Hayes (R) (360) 786-7914
Sherry Appleton (D) (360) 786-7934
Dan Griffey (R) (360) 786-7966
Luis Moscoso (D) (360) 786-7900 (thank him for cosponsoring!)
Eric Pettigrew (D) (360) 786-7838
Lynda Wilson (R) (360) 786-7994
3. CALL BACK – ANY NO OR UNDECIDED
– in 3-4 days. Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Get the information from them and contact us.
4. SPREAD THE WORD.
Share this information widely by facebook, twitter, email and other social networks.
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