Massachusetts Bills Would Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (May 19, 2017) – Bills introduced in the Massachusetts House and Senate would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state. Passage into law would also 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 Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

CONCORD, N.H. (May 18, 2017) – Today, the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in New Hampshire, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Maine Legislature Kills Bill Taking on Asset Forfeiture

AUGUSTA, Maine (May 17, 2017) – The Maine legislature came together in a rare display of bipartisanship to kill a bill that would have reformed the state’s asset forfeiture laws. The legislation also took 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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Louisiana House Votes to Expand Right to Try Act, Further Reject Some FDA Restrictions

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 18, 2017) – Yesterday, the Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill that would expand the state’s Right to Try law to include technology designed to help ALS patients with mobility. Passage into law would set the foundation to nullify in practice a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule that currently denies these patients’ access to this specific technology.

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