Bill to Limit Federal Militarization of Local Police Passes Montana House 59-41

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 26, 2015) – A bill that would place limits on the type of military equipment state and local law enforcement can obtain through federal surplus programs, requiring public notification when they request any type of allowable military surplus gear, passed the Montana House by a vote of 59-41 today.

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Maryland Action Alert: Help Legalize Industrial Hemp, Nullify Federal Prohibition – Pass HB803

Maryland HB803 would authorize the farming, production, and commerce of industrial hemp, effectively nullifying the long-standing federal prohibition on the same. It has been referred to the Committee on House Environment and Transportation, and a hearing has been scheduled. This bill needs your help to move forward. Attend the hearing and call committee members voicing your support for HB803.

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Illinois Bills Would Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

Two bills introduced in the Illinois state Senate would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state, and in doing so, would have a major impact on federal efforts to tap into state and local systems to track millions of drivers without warrant.

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Montana Action Alert: Help Stop Federal Militarization of Police, Support HB330

HB330 would take an important step towards blocking federal programs that militarize local police. It passed two committees and then 2nd reading in the state house by a 60-40 vote. It is expected to have a third and final reading and vote on Thur. Feb 26.

Follow the steps below to support this bill. Your calls – even if leaving voice mail messages overnight – will help it move forward to the Senate!

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With a 99-0 Vote, Virginia House Passes Right to Try, Protecting Terminally-Ill, Effectively Nullifying Some FDA Restrictions

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb 25, 2015) – By a 99-0 vote yesterday, the Virginia state House passed a bill that would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. If the Senate concurs, the bill will move to the Governor’s desk for a signature.

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Tennessee Action Alert: Help Stop NSA Spying, Support HB679 and SB782

Tennessee HB679 and SB782 would deny “material support or resources” to the NSA and all warrantless federal spying operations. HB679 must pass through the Civil Justice Subcommittee and SB782 must pass through the Senate Judiciary Committee before the bills can receive full votes in their respective chambers. Take the following action steps to support these important bills.

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North Dakota Houses Passes Bill to Stop Warrantless Drone Spying 74-19

BISMARCK, N.D. (Feb. 24, 2015) – The North Dakota House overwhelmingly  passed a bill that would drastically restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement. If ultimately signed into law, this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also thwart the federal surveillance state.

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