Signed By the Governor: Sweeping Vermont Privacy Law Will Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (June 10, 2016) – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a sweeping bill that establishes robust privacy protections in the state into law. It not only limits warrantless surveillance and helps ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, it will also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data from state and local law enforcement.

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California County Passes Ordinance Taking on the Surveillance State

San Jose, Calif. (June 9, 2016) – On Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a surveillance technology ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other county agencies. It also highlights a strategy that can be used to take on federal surveillance programs.

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Intense Law Enforcement Opposition Derails Arizona Bill Setting Foundation to Reject and Block all new Federal Gun Control

PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 8, 2016) – Intense opposition by law enforcement lobbyists killed an Arizona bill that would have prohibited the state from using personnel or resources to enforce any new federal gun control measures, setting the foundation to nullify them in practice within the state.

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What I Should Have Said During the Radio Interview: Don’t Check that Box!

Over the weekend, I was on Gun Freedom Radio and had one of those annoying experiences that come up from time to time in live interviews. I realized how I should have answered a question about two minutes after the show was over. I’m sharing it here because it’s an important lesson in personal nullification.

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Michigan Bill Takes on Warrantless Stingray Spying; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Jun. 6, 2016) – A bill introduced recently in the Michigan House would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Michigan, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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