To the Governor’s Desk: Sweeping Vermont Privacy Bill Passes; Would Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (May 10, 2016) – The Vermont legislature has passed a sweeping bill that would establish robust privacy protections in the state, If ultimately signed into law, it would not only limit warrantless surveillance and help ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, but would also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data from state and local law enforcement.

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California Assembly Committee Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 9, 2016) – A California bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement passed its final Assembly committee last Wednesday. If ultimately signed into law, 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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Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Expand Raw Milk Sales; Set Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition Scheme

BOSTON, Mass. (May 6, 2016) – Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly passed an agriculture bill that would expand raw milk sales in the state. Passage of the bill into law would facilitate the process of nullifying the federal prohibition scheme in practice.

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Michigan Senate Committee Passes Firearms Freedom Act

LANSING, Mich. (May 6, 2016)  – Yesterday, a Michigan Senate committee passed a bill that declares firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition manufactured and maintained in the state of Michigan exempt from federal regulation. Passage of the bill would set the stage to nullify some federal regulations on some firearms in practice.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Arizona Senate Gives Final Approval to Bill Supporting Constitutional Tender

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 5, 2016) –  Yesterday, the Arizona Senate concurred with House amendments to a bill that would “legalize the Constitution” by defining gold and silver specie as legal tender and encouraging their use as currency, sending it to the governor’s desk.

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Illinois House Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 5, 2016) – On Tuesday, an Illinois House committee passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed legislation would not only protect privacy in Illinois, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Massachusetts Senate Committee Passes Bill to Restrict ALPR Use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (May 5, 2016) – A Massachusetts Senate committee has passed a bill that would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by law enforcement agencies using Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) 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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Signed into Law: Tennessee Bill Will Help Expand Hemp Market; Set Stage to Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 4, 2016) – Last week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that will help expand the hemp industry in Tennessee.The measure opens the door to in-state processing of hemp products, paving the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullifying federal prohibition in effect.

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