Utah Bill Would Curb “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture

CORRECTION: We originally reported that HB19 leaves open a loophole that would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt the more stringent state law. In fact, a statute passed in 2014 closes the loophole.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Dec. 16, 2016) – A bill filed in the Utah House for the 2017 legislative session would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws, making it more difficult for police to seize property.

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Missouri Bill Would Allow People to Opt Out of Smart Meters; Undermine Federal Program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2016) –  A bill prefiled in the Missouri legislature for the 2017 session would ensure customers can opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of the bill would allow Missourians to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Kentucky Bill Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Nullify Federal Prohibition

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2016) – A bill set for introduction in the Kentucky Senate would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Passage would not only legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, but would also take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in the state.

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New Jersey Assembly Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Raw Milk; Important Step To Nullify Federal Prohibition Scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (Dec. 13, 2016) – On Monday, a New Jersey Assembly committee unanimously approved a bill that would legalize limited raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward effectively nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect.

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Missouri Bill Would Introduce Price Competition into Healthcare System, Set Foundation to Nullify Obamacare

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 13, 2016) – A bill prefiled in the Missouri House for the 2017 legislative session would open the door to price competition and increased healthcare choices in the state, setting the stage to nullify ObamaCare and other federal healthcare programs in practice.

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Four Ohio Cities Decriminalize Marijuana Possession, Lead Way for Entire State to Nullify Federal Prohibition

Statewide efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio failed at the ballot box last year, but several cities pressed ahead, voting to decriminalize cannabis within their city limits. This takes a solid first step toward effectively nullifying prohibition in practice.

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To the Governor: Ohio Legislature Passes Bill to Close Federal Asset Forfeiture Loophole

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 9, 2016) – Yesterday, the Ohio legislature gave final approval to a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without criminal charges in many cases. The legislation also takes 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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