New Mississippi Law Will Reveal the Cost of State Cooperation with the Feds

JACKSON, Miss. (May 20, 2016) – A financial transparency bill signed into law by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will shine the spotlight on state funding used to help enforce federal laws or implement federal programs. It could ultimately set the stage to end state involvement in such federal actions.

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New York Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters; Undermine Federal Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 20, 2016) – A bill working its way through the New York legislature would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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New Pennsylvania Law Legalizing Medical Marijuana Now in Effect; Sets Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 19, 2016) – A new Pennsylvania law legalizing medical marijuana went into effect this week, but it will likely take up to a year before the system is up and running. Pennsylvania is the 24th state to reject the unconstitutional federal prohibition on cannabis in practice.

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To the Governor: Illinois Unanimously Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 19, 2016) – Yesterday, the Illinois House unanimously passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. It now goes to the governor’s desk.The proposed legislation would not only protect privacy in Illinois, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Pennsylvania House Committee Passes Right to Try Act 15-0; Rejects Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 18, 2016) – Yesterday, a Pennsylvania House committee unanimously passed a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients.

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Louisiana Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Stingray Use; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 18, 2016) – Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate unanimously passed a bill that would require a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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