Practically speaking, the bill would block roadblocks set up as part of a multimillion dollar federal study run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation based in Maryland operates the checkpoints, run by uniformed officers. Officers offer motorists cash for DNA samples, generally $10 for a cheek-swab and $50 for blood. Officers reportedly up the ante for motorists who refuse, offering $100.Details
H.4795 would bar South Carolina or its political subdivision from providing material support for, assisting with, or in any way participating in the collection of a person’s electronic data or metadata by a federal agency or pursuant to any federal law, rule, regulation, or order.Details
A bill introduced in the Missouri State House of Representatives would legalize hemp farming and production, effectively nullifying a federal prohibition on the same.
HB2054 was introduced on Feb. 27 by Rep. Mike Colona (D-80). It would allow for a state-regulated market to develop in the state of Missouri that would essentially nullify the decades-long federal ban on industrial hemp.Details
A bill to protect the privacy rights of Hawaii residents from unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) has been passed unanimously through the State Senate.
Senate Bill 2608 (SB2608) was passed by a 25-0 vote on Mar. 6. The bill makes it ‘unlawful for any law enforcement agency to use an unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance, including but not limited to capturing images, photographs, or recordings’ with a few noteworthy exceptions.Details
HB5217, a bill in the Connecticut house that would put severe restrictions on the use of drones by law enforcement within the state, was introduced this year. It has been moved to the Joint Committee on Judiciary where it will need to pass through a majority before a vote can be taken in the whole house.Details
The NSA “Turn It Off” campaign is highlighted, as well as bills that would target and deconstruct attempts by the government to disseminate personal data.Details
A bill recently introduced in Minnesota would permit the use of marijuana for medicinal use, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the plant.Details
A bill to fight back against the Common Core curriculum has been introduced in the Alabama State Senate, adding to the large number of states pushing back against this attempted federal educational takeover.Details
Tonight, the Washington State seate passed a bill putting strict limitations on the use of drones and other “extra-sensory devices” within the state. The vote was 46-1. The bill was previously passed by the house by a vote of 83-15.Details