This is an incomplete list of legislation that, if passed, would restore some of our civil liberties. It is important for us to know that our voices have been heard and Democratic leaders are moving in the right direction.

S.717 : A bill to repeal title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005, to restore section 7212 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which provides States additional regulatory flexibility and funding authorization to more rapidly produce tamper- and counterfeit-resistant driver’s licenses, and to protect privacy and civil liberties by providing interested stakeholders on a negotiated rulemaking with guidance to achieve improved 21st century licenses to improve national security.

Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 2/28/2007)      (Cosponsors: Sen Leahy, Sen Sununu, Sen Tester)

Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/28/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.576 : A bill to provide for the effective prosecution of terrorists and guarantee due process rights.

Sponsor: Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] (introduced 2/13/2007)      Cosponsors: Sen Bingaman, Sen Boxer, Sen Brown, Sen Feingold, Sen Harkin, Sen Kennedy, Sen Lautenberg, Sen Leahy, Sen Menendez, Sen Mikulski, Sen Sanders)

Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.236 : A bill to require reports to Congress on Federal agency use of data mining.

Sponsor: Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] (introduced 1/10/2007)      Cosponsors: Sen Akaka, Sen Cardin, Sen Feinstein, Sen Kennedy, Sen Leahy, Sen Sununu, Sen Whitehouse

Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2007 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

S.AMDT.441  to S.4 To require appropriate reports regarding data mining by the Federal Government.

Sponsor: Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] (introduced 3/8/2007)      Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 3/13/2007 Senate amendment agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 441 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.1114 : A bill to reiterate the exclusivity of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as the sole authority to permit the conduct of electronic surveillance, to modernize surveillance authorities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced 4/16/2007)      Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary

Latest Major Action: 4/16/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 S.1178 : A bill to strengthen data protection and safeguards, require data breach notification, and further prevent identity theft.

Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 4/20/2007)      Cosponsors: Sen Pryor, Sen Smith, Sen Stevens )

Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 4/20/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.495 : A bill to prevent and mitigate identity theft, to ensure privacy, to provide notice of security breaches, and to enhance criminal penalties, law enforcement assistance, and other protections against security breaches, fraudulent access, and misuse of personally identifiable information.

Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 2/6/2007)      (Cosponsors:
Sen Brown, Sen Feingold, Sen Sanders, Sen Schumer, Sen Specter)

Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.453 : A bill to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections.

Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 1/31/2007)      (Cosponsors: Sen Boxer, Sen Cardin, Sen Clinton, Sen Feingold, Sen Feinstein, Sen Kennedy, Sen Kerry, Sen Landrieu, Sen Leahy, Sen Levin, Sen Schumer)

Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/31/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. – note – this is under civil liberties because all our loss of civil liberties stem from the stolen election in 2000

S.674 : A bill to require accountability and enhanced congressional oversight for personnel performing private security functions under Federal contracts, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 2/16/2007)      Cosponsors (None)

Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/16/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.780 : A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit the unlawful acquisition and use of confidential customer proprietary network information, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (None)

Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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