Minnesota Bill Takes on Bulk Warrantless Data Collection and Stingray Spying; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 15, 2016) – A Minnesota electronic data protection bill would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Minnesota, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Alabama Senate Passes Bill Eliminating Marriage Licensing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (March 15, 2016) A bill that would abolish marriage licenses in Alabama and effectively nullify both sides of the contentious debate on same-sex marriage passed an important committee earlier this month and the full Senate today. If passed into law, the bill would essentially remove the state from the business of marriage.

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Minnesota Bill That Would Ban Warrantless Drone Spying; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program, Passes Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 15, 2016) –  A Minnesota bill that would restrict the warrantless use of drones by state and local law enforcement in most cases passed an important Senate committee today. 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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To the Governor: Idaho Passes Right to Try Act Rejecting Some FDA Restrictions on Terminally-Ill

BOISE, Idaho (March 14, 2016) – An Idaho bill that would set the foundation nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin today and now heads to the governor’s desk.

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To the Governor: Georgia Senate Passes Right to Try Act, Rejects Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

ATLANTA, Ga. (March 14, 2016) – A Georgia bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients unanimously passed the Senate Friday and now moves on to the governor’s desk.

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill to Block Implementation of EPA Clean Power Plan Rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (Mar. 14, 2016) – Last week, the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill that would prohibit the state from “developing or adopting a State Implementation Plan” under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan rules. If the bill becomes law, it would set the foundation to nullify such regulations in practice.

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