Utah Bill Would Curb “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture, But Federal Loophole Remains

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Dec. 18, 2015) – A bill filed in the Utah House for the 2016 legislative session would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws, making it more difficult for police to seize property. But a loophole in the legislation would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt the more stringent state law.

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Missouri Bill Would Ban Warrantless Use of Stingray Devices, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 18, 2015) – A bill prefiled in the Missouri Senate would limit the warrantless 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 Show-Me, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Vermont Privacy Bill Would Limit Drone Surveillance, Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Dec. 16, 2015) – A privacy bill prefiled in the Vermont Senate would restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement, and would also provide some restrictions on sharing of data gathered by automatic license plate readers in the state. 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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