Action Alert: Help Stop License Plate Tracking in New York, Support A5233

New York A05233 would set strict limits on automatic license plate readers (ALPR), creating roadblocks for the continuation of a national license plate tracking program that relies on such data from the states. It has been referred to the Assembly’s Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection where it needs to pass by a majority vote to move forward.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Virginia Bill Bans Warrantless Drone Surveillance

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015) A Virginia bill to permanently restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement is on its way to the Governor’s desk for a signature. If signed into law, it would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Montana State House Passes Bill to Ban Common Core

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 26, 2015) – The Montana house passed a bill today to essentially void the Common Core state standards and establish an “accreditation standards review council” that would determine new standards. The vote was 54-46. Introduced by State Rep. Debra Lamm (R-40) along with a number of co-sponsors, House Bill 377 (HB377) would discontinue…

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To the Governor’s Desk: Virginia “Right to Try” Would Effectively Nullify Some FDA Restrictions on the Terminally-Ill

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015) – Yesterday, the Virginia state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. The vote was 39-0 and the bill now moves to Gov. McAuliffe’s desk for a signature.

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Bill to Limit Federal Militarization of Local Police Passes Montana House 59-41

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 26, 2015) – A bill that would place limits on the type of military equipment state and local law enforcement can obtain through federal surplus programs, requiring public notification when they request any type of allowable military surplus gear, passed the Montana House by a vote of 59-41 today.

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Maryland Action Alert: Help Legalize Industrial Hemp, Nullify Federal Prohibition – Pass HB803

Maryland HB803 would authorize the farming, production, and commerce of industrial hemp, effectively nullifying the long-standing federal prohibition on the same. It has been referred to the Committee on House Environment and Transportation, and a hearing has been scheduled. This bill needs your help to move forward. Attend the hearing and call committee members voicing your support for HB803.

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Illinois Bills Would Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

Two bills introduced in the Illinois state Senate would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state, and in doing so, would have a major impact on federal efforts to tap into state and local systems to track millions of drivers without warrant.

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