Kentucky Committee Approves Bill to Limit Drone Spying, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Yesterday, a Kentucky Senate Committee passed a bill that would require police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations. Final passage of this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor: Wisconsin Passes Bill Taking on Asset Forfeiture

MADISON, Wisc. (Feb. 22, 2018) – Yesterday, the Wisconsin Assembly gave final approval to a bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations. The legislation also takes a small, but important step toward closing a federal loophole that allows police to circumvent strict state forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds. 

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West Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Authorize Certified Hemp Seed Program, Further Expand Commercial Hemp Market

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Feb. 23, 2018) – On Tuesday, the West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would establish a hemp seed certification program in the state. Passage of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in effect.

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To the Governor: Alabama Passes Bill to Help Encourage the Use of Gold and Silver as Money

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Feb. 23, 2018) –  Yesterday, the Alabama House unanimously gave final approval a bill that would exempt the sale of gold and silver bullion from state sales and use tax, encouraging its use and taking the first step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

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