The benefits to be gained from operating within a strong federal system.
Maryland has almost become a political subdivision of the NSA,” Tenth Amendment Center Executive Director Michael Boldin said in a statement. “The agency relies heavily on state and local help. This bill bans all of it.”
House Bill 1074 (HB1074) would ban the NSA facility from all public state utilities, ban the use of NSA collected evidence in court, ban universities from partnering with the NSA and ban all political subdivisions from assisting the NSA from within the state.
Any state entity, employee or contractor refusing to comply with the law would be immediately fired and banned from all future contracts within the state.
How the final paragraph punishing independent contractors can be reconciled with a belief in free association is somewhat moot, but otherwise the state is free to disallow all state owned and financed bodies from associating with or supporting the NSA as it sees fit.