To the Governor’s Desk: Virginia “Right to Try” Would Effectively Nullify Some FDA Restrictions on the Terminally-Ill

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015) – Yesterday, the Virginia state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. The vote was 39-0 and the bill now moves to Gov. McAuliffe’s desk for a signature.

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Bill to Limit Federal Militarization of Local Police Passes Montana House 59-41

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 26, 2015) – A bill that would place limits on the type of military equipment state and local law enforcement can obtain through federal surplus programs, requiring public notification when they request any type of allowable military surplus gear, passed the Montana House by a vote of 59-41 today.

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Illinois Bills Would Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

Two bills introduced in the Illinois state Senate would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state, and in doing so, would have a major impact on federal efforts to tap into state and local systems to track millions of drivers without warrant.

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With a 99-0 Vote, Virginia House Passes Right to Try, Protecting Terminally-Ill, Effectively Nullifying Some FDA Restrictions

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb 25, 2015) – By a 99-0 vote yesterday, the Virginia state House passed a bill that would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally ill patients. If the Senate concurs, the bill will move to the Governor’s desk for a signature.

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Bills to Stop Mass Drone Surveillance Pass Both Houses in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 24, 2015) The Virginia House joined the Senate today and unanimously passed a bill that would permanently restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement. If ultimately signed into law, this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Alaska Ballot Measure 2 Becomes Effective Today: On the Road to Nullifying Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Today, Alaska joined Washington State, Colorado and Oregon in taking steps to nullify in practice the decades-long unconstitutional federal prohibition on marijuana.

Ballot Measure 2, which was approved by Alaska voters in Nov. 2014 by a 53-47 margin, went into effect today, legalizing marijuana for the general public, and the first step to effectively nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.

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