Senate bill has a message for NSA

Telephone OperatorBy The Iowa Statesman


Most legislators take their oaths of office seriously. And it is the Oath of Office of one member of the Iowa General Assembly that resulted in a new piece of legislation yesterday that is making national headlines.

Senate File 148, also known as the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, was offered yesterday by state Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel). The bill prohibits any state, county, or local government agency from collecting and/or sharing data or metadata with the federal government or its agents.

“I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution,” Chapman said about his proposed legislation. “And while the bill doesn’t protect all Americans from unconstitutional spying by a federal agency, it certainly will help protect Iowans.”

Only the Iowa Association of Credit and Collection Professionals has filed a lobbyist declaration on SF 148. That organization is currently “undecided” on the bill.