On Tuesday March 5th, a House committee is expected to hold a hearing on an important bill to help protect the 4th Amendment in Missouri. Following the steps below, 10-15 minutes of your time can do a great deal to help this bill pass!
Background: Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Praire) filed House Bill 296 (HB296). The proposed law would ban the state – including all agencies and political subdivisions – from using manpower, money, or other resources to help implement or effectuate federal surveillance programs that violate the 4th Amendment. If you’d like to get all the details, you can read our report at this link.
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS to support this important bill today.
1. Call and email the members of the House Special Committee on Homeland Security. Be firm, but respectful and professional. Let each committee member know you support HB296 and you’d like to see them vote YES on the bill. A phone call is FAR more effective than an email. And both works best. But choose whatever option works for you and your schedule.
Bill Kidd 573-751-3674 Bill.Kidd@house.mo.gov
Brandon Ellington 573-751-3129 Brandon.Ellington@house.mo.gov
Jerome Barnes 573-751-9851 Jerome.Barnes@house.mo.gov
Mike Haffner 573-751-3783 Mike.Haffner@house.mo.gov
Jeff Pogue 573-751-2264 Jeff.Pogue@house.mo.gov
Adam Schnelting 573-751-2250 Adam.Schnelting@house.mo.gov
2. Ask your own representative to cosponsor
Find who is your state representative at this link. Ask your rep to cosponsor and support HB296.
3. Spread the Word. Share this information widely by Facebook, Twitter, email and other social networks
Bonus Step. Contact the House Special Committee on Homeland Security Chair, Ron Hicks.
THANK HIM for introducing this bill. Thank him for promptly scheduling a hearing and debate on it in his committee.
Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center., where this article first appeared. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on Twitter – @michaelboldin and Facebook.