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Senate Intel Panel Approves Renewal Of Surveillance Powers

Law360, Nashville (October 25, 2017, 8:54 PM EDT) -- The Senate Intelligence Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would extend foreign intelligence surveillance powers through the end of 2025, while making tweaks intended to improve privacy protections and increase punishments for people who publicly leak classified information.

The committee voted 12-3 to send the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 to the full Senate, after a closed debate, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Ranking Member Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a joint statement. The bill would reauthorize authorities in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, due to expire at the end of 2017, through 2025.

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