This week, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send House Bill 4430 to the House floor. HB 4430 was introduced by State Representative Martin Howrylak to safeguard the Fourth Amendment rights of Michigan residents.
Under HB 4430, state and local governments would be prohibited from assisting, participating with, or providing support to the federal government in the collection of data unless there is a search warrant or the approval of the targeted party. This policy is a reflection of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the fundamental right to property and privacy.
“If the federal government continues its mass warrantless surveillance programs, it should get no help carrying them out from the State of Michigan,” said Rep. Howrylak of Troy. “I was pleased to see my colleagues on the committee vote in favor of this bill, which will certify that the State of Michigan will not assist the federal government in any data collection unless it is consistent with the Fourth Amendment protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.”
Similar legislation has been introduced in other states in the last few years. HB 4430 now advances to the House floor for further consideration.