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THE HILL: Calif. bill would halt assistance to NSA

January 08, 2014

By Julian Hattem

Lawmakers in California want to block state agencies and universities from assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) in its surveillance of Americans.

CBS-TV 13 SACRAMENTO: New bill would limit NSA's access to California records

January 07, 2014

By Tony Lopez

Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu and other California legislators say they have a problem with how the NSA is dealing with possible dangers.

“I do agree with the NSA that this is a dangerous world that we live in,” he said. “The NSA has been violating the constitutional rights of all Americans.”

Lieu says that includes millions of Californians whose phone records have been monitored by the NSA.

“We’re trying to get the NSA to change its ways.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Santa Monica Fault mapping starts soon

January 07, 2014

By David Mark Simpson
There's been a lot of rumblings about fault lines in Santa Monica recently.

The Los Angeles Times identified four Santa Monica buildings that may sit on top of a fault. City officials responded, saying they are confident that the buildings are located near but not on the fault.

State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica) sent a letter to State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, asking for more cash to be allocated for fault mapping.

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.