New York Bill Would Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

ALBANY, NY (Feb. 19, 2015) – A bill introduced in the New York General Assembly 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 in to state and local systems to track millions of people for the crime of driving.

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Bill to Stop Obamacare Enforcement Moves Forward in Arizona

PHOENIX (Feb. 19, 2015) – Yesterday, an Arizona House Committee approved a bill that would create significant roadblocks for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, leaving the federal program without an enforcement mechanism in the state should it pass. Introduced State Reps. Justin Olson and Rep. Vince Leach, House Bill 2643 (HB2643) would prohibit the state…

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Arizona Bills to Block Federal Agency Rules and Executive Orders Pass Senate Committee

PHOENIX – Feb. 18, 2015 – Last fall, Arizona voters passed Proposition 122, an amendment to the state constitution that provides a mechanism for refusing state resources to federal programs. And today, an Arizona Senate Committee voted to approve two bills putting that into practice on executive-level rules and regulations from Washington D.C. Introduced by…

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Bill to Block National License Plate Tracking Program Passes Virginia House, 95-4

RICHMOND, Feb. 17, 2015 – A bill passed by the Virginia House today would put strict limitations on the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, putting significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of…

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Arizona Senate Committee Passes Measure to Effectively Nullify New EPA Rules over Intrastate Waters

PHOENIX, Feb. 16, 2015 – Today, an Arizona state Senate Committee approved a measure that would require the state to block any EPA agency regulations over “nonnavigable intrastate waters or waterways.” The vote was 5-1. Introduced by Sen. Steve Pierce (R-Prescott), Senate Concurrent Resolution 1015 (SCR1015) directly challenges and would effectively nullify new rules over…

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Vermont Legislation Goes Head-to-Head with NSA Spying

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Feb 16, 2015) – A bill filed in the Vermont House last week represents a transpartisan effort taking on the surveillance state. The legislation would not only support efforts to turn off NSA’s water in Utah, but would have practical effects on federal surveillance programs if passed.

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Montana House Committee Passes Bill to Help Stop National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA Mont. (Feb 13, 2015) –  Today, a Montana House Committee passed a bill that would put restrictions on automated license plate reader systems (ALPR) by the state and have a major impact on federal efforts to tap in to state and local systems to track millions of people. The vote was 11-10.

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Bill to Stop Warrantless Drone Surveillance Passes First Step in Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wa., February 13, 2015 – Today, a Washington State House committee passed a bill putting strict limitations on the use of drones and other “extra-sensory devices” within the state. The vote was 6-3. Introduced by Rep. Dave Taylor (R-Moxee) and a bipartisan group of 16 cosponsors, House Bill 1639 (HB1639) would prohibit the use of drones to…

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