South Carolina Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty. Passage of this bill would enable South Carolinians to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Indiana Committee Passes Bill to Clear Way for Commercial Hemp Market Despite Federal Prohibition

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 26, 2018) – A Indiana House committee unanimously passed a bill that would expand the state’s hemp law to prohibit state prosecution of people who sell or possess industrial hemp and industrial hemp products. Passage of this legislation would open the door for a commercial hemp market in the state, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice.

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Hawaii Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Hawaii Senate would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Hawaii, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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