Washington State Bill to End Unrestricted Use of Stingrays Signed Into Law

OLYMPIA, Wash. (May 12, 2015) – Yesterday, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that prohibits the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant. The new law not only protects privacy in Washington state, but will also hinder one part of the federal surveillance state.

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Montana Bills to Shine Light on Federal/State Partnerships Vetoed by Governor

Knowing the source of funds coming into a state can give the general public a more complete understanding of where the source of their problems lies. And two bills to shine light on federal funds for the public were passed by the Montana legislature this year. However, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed both of those important reform measures in April.

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Texas Committee Passes Bill to Ban Bulk Sharing of Concealed Carry Lists with Feds

AUSTIN (May 6, 2015) – Yesterday, a Texas state House committee passed bill that would ban the state from providing bulk lists of concealed carry permit holders to the federal government, something that agencies have requested elsewhere, and could potentially be used to harass or persecute lawful gun owners. The vote was 7-2.

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