Michigan Bill Would Restrict ALPR use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 29, 2016) – A bill filed in the Michigan legislature would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

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Hawaii Bill Would Place Limits on Drones; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 28, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Hawaii Senate would restrict the warrantless use of drones by state and local law enforcement. The 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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Tennessee Legislation Takes on “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture; Closes Federal Loophole

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Bills introduced in the Tennessee legislature would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

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