Sweeping Vermont Privacy Bill Passes State Senate; Would Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Jan. 15, 2016) – A sweeping Vermont bill that would establish robust privacy protections in the state passed Senate Thursday. If ultimately signed into law, it would not only limit warrantless surveillance and help ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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Nebraska Bill Would Ban “Stingrays” in the State; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 14, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Nebraska legislature would completely ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Cornhusker State, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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New Hampshire Action Alert: Help Nullify Police Militarization, Support HB1402 and SB472

New Hampshire HB1402 and SB472 would restrict transfers of military equipment from the federal government to local law enforcement. HB1402 must pass the House Municipal and County Government Committee and SB472 must pass the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee.

PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS to support these important bills.

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New Mexico Bill would Legalize Recreational Marijuana and Hemp; Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Jan. 14, 2016) – A bill prefiled in the New Mexico House would legalize marijuana for recreational use, along with industrial hemp. Passage would not only legalize marijuana and hemp in the Land of Enchantment, but would also take a big step toward nullifying federal prohibition in practice in the state.

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