New Hampshire Bill Would Set Foundation to End Common Core in the State

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New Hampshire House would prohibit the state department of education and the state board of education from requiring any school or school district to implement the common core standards. Passage of the legislation would take an important step toward nullifying the nationalized education program in the state.

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Signed as Law: Ohio Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Closes Federal Loophole in Most Situations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 5, 2016) – On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that reforms asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without criminal charges in many cases. The new law 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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Indiana Bill Takes on “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture, Closes Federal Loophole

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 3, 2017) – A bill filed in the Indiana Senate would reform the state’s 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.

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New Law: Oregon Takes Step Toward Limiting Drone Surveillance

SALEM, Ore. (Jan. 3, 2017) – On Sunday, an Oregon law went into effect that bans the use of weaponized drones and takes the first step toward limiting data collected by drone surveillance under the current law. The legislation not only establishes important privacy protections at the state level, it will also help thwart the federal surveillance state..

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Texas Bill Would Expand Right to Try Act, Further Rejecting Some FDA Restrictions on Personal Choice

AUSTIN, Texas (Jan. 3, 2016) – A bill filed for the 2017 legislative session would expand the Texas “Right to Try” law, setting the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by patients with severe chronic diseases.

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Montana Bill Would Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA, Mont. (Jan. 2, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Montana House would strictly limit the use of 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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New Illinois Law Prohibits Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinders Federal Surveillance Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Jan. 1, 2017) – Today, an Illinois law went into effect banning the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The new law will not only protect privacy in Illinois, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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