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Maine House votes to eliminate police data sharing center

The question now moves to the Maine Senate

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House has voted to eliminate the state’s so-called “fusion center” created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to ensure data is shared among law enforcement agencies.

The 88-54 vote on Monday followed a whistleblower lawsuit and scrutiny of the activities of the center, which was accused of gathering and storing intelligence on gun buyers, power line protesters, and employees of a camp for Israeli and Arab teens.

Further votes are necessary to close the center, which is an arm of the Maine State Police.

Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck has insisted that the center doesn't spy on people.

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