Kentucky Committee Approves Bill to Limit Drone Spying, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Yesterday, a Kentucky Senate Committee passed a bill that would require police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations. Final passage of this 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: Wisconsin Passes Bill Taking on Asset Forfeiture

MADISON, Wisc. (Feb. 22, 2018) – Yesterday, the Wisconsin Assembly gave final approval to a bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations. The legislation also takes a small, but important step toward closing a federal loophole that allows police to circumvent strict state forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds. 

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West Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Authorize Certified Hemp Seed Program, Further Expand Commercial Hemp Market

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Feb. 23, 2018) – On Tuesday, the West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would establish a hemp seed certification program in the state. Passage of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in effect.

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To the Governor: Alabama Passes Bill to Help Encourage the Use of Gold and Silver as Money

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Feb. 23, 2018) –  Yesterday, the Alabama House unanimously gave final approval a bill that would exempt the sale of gold and silver bullion from state sales and use tax, encouraging its use and taking the first step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

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Wyoming Committee Passes Bill to Encourage the Use of Gold and Silver as Money

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Feb. 22, 2018) – On Tuesday, a Wyoming House committee passed a bill that would define gold and silver specie as legal tender and eliminate all taxes levied on it. The new law would pave the way for the use of gold and silver in everyday transactions and could help undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

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New Jersey Bill Would Require Consent For Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 21, 2018) – A bill filed in the New Jersey Assembly would require public utility districts to obtain written consent from customers before installing “smart meter” technology on homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would enable New Jersey residents to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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California Bill Would Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2018) –  A bill introduced in the California Senate would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

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