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WALL STREET JOURNAL: California, Other States, Weighing Anti-NSA Bills

January 07, 2014

First there was the Second Amendment Preservation Act, a bill floated in a number of conservative statehouses in recent months that would make it a crime for U.S. government officials to enforce federal gun laws within their state boundaries.
Now comes the Fourth Amendment Protection Act.

It’s the name of a ripped-from-the-headlines bill introduced by state lawmakers in California on Monday.

CBS LOS ANGELES: Calif. Senate Urges Congress To Revisit Vote On NSA Surveillance

January 07, 2014

LOS ANGELES ( — A sweeping bill intended to rein in the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is making its way through the halls of Sacramento.

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT: California Legislators Introduce Bill To Banish NSA

January 07, 2014

Bipartisan duo wants to cut NSA's utilities, ban research at state schools and impose sanctions on contractors

By Steven Nelson

A bipartisan team of California state senators introduced legislation Monday that would prohibit the state and its localities from providing "material support" to the National Security Agency.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Sen. Ted Lieu introduces bill that would allow California to thwart National Security Agency

January 07, 2014

By Brian Sumers

State Sen. Ted Lieu on Monday introduced a bill that would bar California agencies and officials from cooperating with federal authorities seeking electronic records on a state resident, unless the government first obtains a warrant.

An influential legal scholar, however, says the bill, if enacted, would never survive a court challenge.

10TH AMENDMENT CENTER: Democrat and Republican senators join forces to #NullifyNSA spying

January 06, 2014

California has entered the fray to stop unconstitutional NSA spying.

On Monday, Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act to prohibit any state support of the NSA.

“State-funded public resources should not be going toward aiding the NSA or any other federal agency from indiscriminate spying on its own citizens and gathering electronic or metadata that violates the Fourth Amendment,” Lieu said.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO KPCC: Effort emerging to bring arts back to California prisons

January 06, 2014

By Mary Plummer

About a dozen men sit in a makeshift classroom in Norco. Canvases are draped across their desks, and dabs of paint sit atop sheets of wax paper perched beside them.

CAPITOL WEEKLY: State Lawmekers Eye NSA's Conduct

January 06, 2014

By John Howard

The intensifying debate over privacy and the National Security Agency has reached the floor of the California Legislature.