Permission Not Required: 2nd Constitutional Carry Bill Introduced in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 27, 2017) – A second so-called “Constitutional Carry” bill that would make it legal for most North Carolinians to carry a firearm without a license, and foster an environment hostile to federal gun control, has been filed in the North Carolina House.

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Signed by the Governor: Arizona Free Speech in Medicine Act Sets Stage to Nullify FDA Law

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 24, 2017) – Earlier this week,  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that allows pharmaceutical companies to talk to healthcare providers about alternative uses for approved drugs despite FDA prohibition of such communication. The law sets the stage to nullify the federal law in effect.

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Arizona Senate Committee Passes Bill Taking on State, Federal Asset Forfeiture

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 23, 2017) – Today, an Arizona Senate committee voted unanimously to pass a bill reforming the state’s asset forfeiture laws. The bill also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

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Illinois Committee Passes Bill Taking on Asset Forfeiture, Closing Federal Loophole

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 22, 2017) – Yesterday, an Illinois House committee passed a bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in some situations. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds.

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Michigan Committee Passes Ballot Measure to Help Protect Electronic Data from Warrantless Spying

LANSING, Mich. (March 22, 2017) – Yesterday, a Michigan House committee passed a resolution that would put before voters a state constitutional amendment to protect electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement. The amendment would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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Washington Senate Committee Passes Bill to Decriminalize Industrial Hemp

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Mar. 22, 2017) – Today, a Washington Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would remove industrial hemp from the state’s “controlled substances” list. Passage into law would set the stage for people in the Evergreen State to nullify federal prohibition on the plant in practice.

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Final Arizona Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 22, 2017) – On Monday, 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 cleared its final committee. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Arizona, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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