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I caught up with Senator Feingold at his re-election fundraiser/picnic this morning.

He and Senator Durbin have given up on waiting for the Administration to submit a package of amendments to the PATRIOT and FISA Amendment Acts, and are drafting their own. Rollout in approximately a month.

I also asked Russ about legislation creating statutory privacy rights in the location database collected by cellphone carriers, which are not covered by existing law, and courts have been mixed in requiring warrants for law enflorcement access. He's going to see if Durbin wants to include this in the package, otherwise he'll do a standalone bill.

I'd discussed both topics with Representative Nadler, Chair of House Judiciary's Subcommitee on Courts and Constitution in the elevator at Netroots Nation, convinced him to hold hearings on the location privacy issue "in a couple months."

(I'm off to Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran Clarence Kailin's 95th Birthday Party, won't be here for comments for a couple hours.)

Originally posted to ben masel on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM PDT.

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