California Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Right to Try Act, Takes on some FDA Restrictions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 12, 2015) – On Wednesday, a California Senate Committee unanimously passed a bill that would effectively nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent terminally ill patients from accessing experimental treatments. The vote was 8-0.

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New Hampshire Bill Banning Warrantless Location Tracking Passes Senate: First Step Against Federal/State Surveillance State

CONCORD, N.H. (June 10, 2015) – A bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining location data from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases passed the New Hampshire Senate last week. The legislation would not only protect privacy in New Hampshire, but also takes an important first step in addressing the growing federal surveillance state.

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Nullification 1, Brady Campaign 0: Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Kansas 2nd Amendment Protection Act

Last week, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act, saying the suit from the Brady Campaign was “without merit.” The law, signed by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2013, draws a line in the sand on federal gun control. It reads, in part: Any act, law, treaty,…

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Louisiana Bill Would Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 9, 2015) –  A bill moving through the Louisiana legislature would put strict limitations on the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

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Oregon Bill to Take on Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data Passes House Committee

SALEM, Ore. (June 8, 2015) – A bipartisan Oregon bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices passed a House committee last week. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also address a practical effect of NSA spying.

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