130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. C. R. No. 31  As Reported by the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee
As Reported by the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
H. C. R. No. 31


Representatives Brenner, Duffey 

Cosponsors: Representatives Young, Adams, J., Hood, Becker, Hottinger, Retherford, DeVitis, Maag, Roegner, Ruhl, Buchy 



A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
To urge the United States Congress to investigate whether the National Security Agency has engaged in unconstitutional surveillance of United States citizens.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF OHIO
(THE SENATE CONCURRING):


       WHEREAS, During the past seven years, the National Security Agency has obtained secret court orders to require telephone companies such as Verizon Communications to provide the Agency with daily logs of all telephone communications, whether between the United States and abroad or wholly within the United States, including local calls; and

       WHEREAS, During the past six years, under the PRISM program, the National Security Agency has obtained secret court orders to require internet companies such as Google, Facebook, and Apple to provide the Agency with direct access to a wide range of user information, including communications sent by American citizens to persons outside the United States; and

       WHEREAS, The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right of the people to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and prohibits the government from issuing a warrant without probable cause and a particular description of the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized; and

       WHEREAS, Federal law prescribes the very limited conditions under which the government may conduct covert surveillance of foreign powers, and does not permit the government indiscriminately to seize records concerning Americans; and

       WHEREAS, The United States Congress should have publicly debated the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's surveillance measures; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 130th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, urge the United States Congress to investigate whether the National Security Agency has engaged in unconstitutional surveillance of United States citizens; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That we urge all federal agencies to obtain search warrants only through transparent, open, and constitutional court proceedings; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Director of the National Security Agency, the Speaker and the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore and the Secretary of the United States Senate, the members of the Ohio Congressional delegation, and the news media of Ohio.

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