Arizona Bill Takes on Federal Militarization of Police and the Surveillance State

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Arizona Senate would require law enforcement agencies to get local government approval before acquiring or using military equipment or surveillance technology. Passage of the legislation would set the stage to limit the surveillance state, along with the impact of federal programs that militarize local police.

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Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – A bill prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Sooner State, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Washington Committee Passes Bill to Reform Asset Forfeiture Laws; First Step to Address Federal Loophole

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2018) –  Last week, a Washington state House committee passed a bill that would improve the state’s asset forfeiture laws and set the stage to close a loophole that allows state and local police to circumvent more strict state forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds.

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Maryland Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would ban the warrantless use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a court order. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Maryland, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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South Carolina Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty. Passage of this bill would enable South Carolinians to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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