Proposed Manhattan Beach License Plate Tracking System Shows Need for State Limits on ALPRs

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (May 2, 2016) – Last month, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved a measure to fund a network of automatic license plate reader (ALPR) cameras that would scan every vehicle at seven entry points into the city. State legislation could curb such intrusive use of surveillance technology.

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New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill Taking on Drone Spying; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance

CONCORD, N.H. (May 1, 2016) – Last week, the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that would restrict the warrantless or weaponized 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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Missouri Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Some Commercial Hemp Farming and Production

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Apr. 28, 2016) – Yesterday, a Missouri Senate committee passed a bill to authorize the growth and production sale of industrial hemp for commercial purposes by larger producers. Passage into law would represent a foundation to nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition in practice.

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Louisiana House Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Stingray Use; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (April 26, 2016) – Today, the Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill that would require a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Second California Assembly Committee Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 26, 2016) – A California bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement unanimously passed a second Assembly committee last week. 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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