Montana Senate Votes 46-1 to Limit Federal Militarization of Police

HELENA, Mont. (Mar. 30, 2015) – A bill that would heavily diminish the effect of federal surplus equipment programs that militarize local police was passed by the Montana Senate today. The vote was 46-1. Introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer (R-Superior), House Bill 330 (HB330) bans state or local law enforcement agencies from receiving drones that…

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Signed by the Governor: Virginia Law Puts Permanent Restrictions on Drone Surveillance

RICHMOND, Va. (Mar. 30, 2015) – Two Virginia bills to permanently restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement were signed into law by Gov. McAuliffe last week. These bills not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, they also thwart the federal surveillance state.

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New Hampshire Action Alert: Help Legalize Industrial Hemp, Nullify the Federal Ban, Support HB494

New Hampshire HB494 would legalize industrial hemp for production. It passed through the state House with an ‘Ought to Pass’ vote on March 11. The bill must now pass through the Senate Judiciary Committee successfully before the full state Senate can consider it. Take the following action steps to help this important bill to success.

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Massachusetts Action Alert: Help Stop Federal Militarization of Police, Support H.2144

Massachusetts H.2144 would help stop the federal militarization of local police. The bill must pass successfully through the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security before it can receive a full vote in the state house. Take the following action steps to support this important bill.

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11 and Counting: Virginia Governor Signs “Right to Try” into Law, will Effectively Nullify Some FDA Restrictions on the Terminally-ill

RICHMOND, Va. (Mar. 27, 2015) – Yesterday, a Virginia bill was signed into law that would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. Introduced by Rep. Margaret B. Ransone (R-99) with 23 bipartisan co-sponsors, House Bill 1750 (HB1750), the Virginia Right to…

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