Vote Yes on 9: Missouri Ballot Measure to Protect Electronic Data
Jul 9, 2014 — In August, Missouri voters will have an opportunity to reject significant parts of mass surveillance programs by both the state and federal governments.
Introduced by Sen. Rob Schaaf, Senate Joint Resolution 27 (SJR27) passed the legislature last month with just a handful of dissenting votes. Because it is a proposal for a state constitutional amendment, it will now bypass the Governor’s desk, instead going directly to the People on the ballot. It will be voted upon as Amendment 9 in the Aug. 5 primary election.
The MO legislature passed SJR27 to expressly give “electronic data and communications” the same state constitutional protections as “persons, homes, papers and effects.” This would eliminate any constitutional ambiguity over electronic data and would make it off limits for Missouri state officials to access unless a proper warrant is granted.
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