Louisiana Bill Would Expand Right to Try Act, Further Rejecting Some FDA Restrictions

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 9, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Louisiana House would expand the states 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) rules that deny these patients’ access to this specific technology.

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New Hampshire Bill to Close Federal Asset Forfeiture Loophole Faces Intense Police Opposition

CONCORD, N.H. (May 8, 2017) –  A New Hampshire bill that would close a federal loophole allowing state and local police to circumvent stringent state asset forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the feds will go to the Senate floor later this week facing fierce oppostion.

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Texas Committee Passes Bill to Review and Reject Unconstitutional Federal Acts

AUSTIN, Texas (May 7, 2017) – On Thursday, a Texas House committee passed a bill that would create a mechanism to review federal laws and end state cooperation with enforcement of those determined to violate the U.S. Constitution. This process would set the stage to effectively block some federal laws and acts in the Lone Star State.

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Hemp Decriminalized in Washington, But Opposition Remains Strong

OLYMPIA, Wash. (May 5, 2017) – A bill recently signed by Washington Gov. Gov. Jay Inslee removed industrial hemp from the states controlled substance list, authorizing hemp production despite federal prohibition. But at least one state agency refuses to go down without a fight and essentially wants to help attorney general Jeff Sessions wage his war on cannabis.

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Signed by the Governor: Montana Bill Taking on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

HELENA, Mont. (May 4, 2017) – Yesterday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill to require police to get a warrant in order to obtain electronic communication information from service providers in most cases. The new law will not only increase privacy protections in the state, it will also hinder one practical aspect of federal surveillance programs.

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Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 4, 2017) – On Tuesday, a Missouri House committee 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 the Show Me State, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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New Hampshire Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Districts to Opt Out of Common Core

CONCORD, N.H. (May 4, 2017) –Yesterday, a New Hampshire House committee passed a bill that would prohibit the state department of education and the state board of education from requiring any school or school district to implement Common Core standards. Adoption of the legislation would represent an opportunity for local communities to nullify Common Core in the state.

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