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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.

BEVERLY PRESS: Watchdog groups give Senator Lieu high marks

January 05, 2014

For the third time in three weeks, state Sen. Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) has been given a top score by a statewide California watchdog group for his votes on key legislation during the recently completed 2013 legislative session. "I am honored to be recognized for my efforts to serve the public," Lieu said after the release Monday of CalPIRG's annual scorecard, which followed his recent 100-percent rating by the California League of Conservation Voters, and his being one of three lawmakers given the highest rating by the Sierra Club.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: New California law reduces number of bears hunted

January 04, 2014

After Jan. 1, 2013, California hunters were banned from using dogs to hunt bobcats and bears, under a law authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D- Torrence

SACRAMENTO — A new California law banning the use of dogs in bear hunting appears to have had a dramatic effect, with fewer bears killed by hunters in 2013 than in any other year over the past two decades.

SACRAMENTO BEE: Number of bears killed plunges

January 04, 2014

New ban on dogs in the hunt has immediate impact