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Utah Legislators Stood Up For Fourth Amendment

16 March 2014 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

The Utah Legislature was divided this year, but the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one place where legislators found common ground.

An Op-ed, published in the Salt Lake Tribune 3/15/14, by Connor Boyack and Marina Lowe

The Utah Legislature was divided this year when it came to issues such as air quality, same-sex marriage, Count My Vote, and education, but the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one place where legislators found common ground.

We live in an age when the principles this clause was intended to protect are under constant threat. For example, the many beneficial technological advances we enjoy often come at the expense of our privacy. Additionally, the trend of militarizing police officers means that tactics and weapons designed for overseas combat are being deployed in our communities.

Four key pieces of legislation, each rooted in the Fourth Amendment, worked their way through both the Utah House and Senate with relative ease. Both of our organizations were involved in the drafting and promoting of these bills, and we strongly believe that once signed into law by the governor, they will make Utah a better state.

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