Illinois House passes bill to ban warrantless cellphone tracking, 111-0

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 21, 2014 – An Illinois bill which would ban law enforcement from obtaining cellphone location tracking information without a warrant passed the state House on Monday. The vote was 111-0. It had previously passed the Senate by a 52-0 vote, but since the House made technical amendments to the bill it goes back to the Senate for a final approval.

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We Can’t Count on Congress to Stop Unconstitutional Spying

The events of 9/11 radically changed the way the US combats foreign threats such as terrorism. Ultimately, through Edward Snowden’s revelations, we’ve learned that the NSA is destroying privacy and Constitution protections. Faced with public opposition, politicians in D.C. responded with a “fix,” known as the USA Freedom Act. But to actually pass it through committee, it was amended to appease the intelligence committees in both the House and Senate, proving yet again that we cannot depend on federal fixes.

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Passed in Missouri and to the Voters: Bill to Protect Electronic Communications and Data

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 16, 2014 –  Legislation to protect electronic communications and data was given final approval by the Missouri State Senate today. Because it is a proposal for a state constitutional amendment, it will now bypass the Governor’s desk, instead going directly to the People on the ballot this November.

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Tennessee Governor signs bill to effectively nullify federal hemp ban

NASHVILLE, May 15, 2014 – Yesterday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country. House Bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within Tennessee, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on the same.

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