For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - Maine state representative Stacey Guerin (R-Glenburn) has been asked to participate in a panel discussion of privacy rights legislation at the 40th annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Chicago. ALEC is a nonpartisan, public-private partnership that brings policymakers and experts together to exchange ideas to advance limited government and free enterprise.
The conference will be held on August 7-9 and Rep. Guerin will discuss her work on the Maine Legislature's Judiciary Committee, where she was a champion of Fourth Amendment privacy and search and seizure rights this year.
"I'm very proud of my work on privacy issues in the Maine Legislature, and I'm honored to be asked to participate in this panel of accomplished public servants from all over the country," said Guerin, who represents District 22, which comprises Glenburn, Kenduskeag, Levant, and part of Corinth.
Rep. Guerin's work was recently highlighted in a June column published by the Bangor Daily News. She joined a bipartisan group of state lawmakers to advance a set of bills to ensure that modern law enforcement tools such as unmanned aerial drones and cell phone GPS tracking still must respect warrant requirements and other legal safeguards.
Guerin was selected by ALEC on the recommendation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.
"Given recent revelations about massive NSA spying, our efforts to advance the constitutional right to privacy are more important than ever," said Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of the ACLU of Maine. "We are excited that a national organization like ALEC has taken note of Maine's leadership on cell phone privacy and has invited Rep. Stacey Guerin to speak about our important work together at their national conference."
Joining Guerin on the panel entitled "Spotlight on the States: Fostering Broadband Connectivity, Electronic Privacy and E-Commerce through State Policy" will be Chairperson Phil Montgomery of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Representative Jason Saine of the North Carolina General Assembly, and former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.
"I look forward to telling my counterparts in other state governments about my experiences in trying to protect citizens' privacy in the face of unprecedented advancements in government surveillance," Guerin added.
"We selected Rep. Guerin because she is a strong advocate of Fourth Amendment rights with an impressive list of accomplishments," said Rep. Blair Thoreson of Minnesota, co-chair of ALEC's Communications and Technology Task Force. "State lawmakers like her are on the front lines of this important public policy debate."
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