Civil liberties legislation

Senator Brownsberger received several requests to sponsor civil liberties and privacy legislation.  He has cosponsored the Electronic Privacy Act and Representative Rushing’s racial profiling data collection bill.

Senator Brownsberger:

It’s time to move Massachusetts forward on privacy protection, open
government and racial justice issues. As your constituent, I’d like to ask
you to do two important things.

First, co-sponsor legislation in these three important areas. Top priority
bills include:

– The Electronic Privacy Act, sponsored by Sen. Karen Spilka and Rep.
Sarah Peake — to protect your email communications and records regarding
your location from unwarranted intrusions

– Public records reforms, sponsored by Rep. Peter Kocot — to open up
records of Massachusetts government operations to the public

– Racial Profiling Data Collection Bills, sponsored by Rep. Byron Rushing
and Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz and Linda Dorcena Forry — to prohibit
profiling and collect information about traffic and pedestrian stops so
that we can better understand and improve police encounters

 Also – not sure if there are actions coming up, but we really need help
in Boston to protect our homeless population. People are still outside
and the shelters have limited beds. Anything you might be able to do
would help the current situation.

Second, please attend the ACLU’s upcoming luncheon briefing on civil
liberties to learn more.

ACLU Legislative Briefing
Tuesday, January 13 at 11:30am
Massachusetts State House
Great Hall, 2nd floor

Barbara Miranda

Chief of Staff