Signed by the Governor: Illinois Law to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession Now in Effect

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Aug 3, 2016) – Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law decriminalizing marijuana for adults and changing criminal penalties into civil infractions. The proposal not only decriminalizes marijuana in the Prairie State, it also takes a step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in Illinois.

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Now in Effect: New Louisiana Law Takes on Stingray Spying; Hinders Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (Aug. 1, 2016) – Today, a Louisiana law goes into effect requiring a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. The new law will not only protect privacy in the state, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Signed by the Governor: Illinois Law Prohibits Warrantless Stingray Spying; Hinders Federal Surveillance Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (July 25, 2016) – Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill banning the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The new law will not only protect privacy in Illinois, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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New Nebraska Law Taking on “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture Now in Effect

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 20, 2016) – Today, civil asset forfeiture officially ends in Nebraska as reforms to asset forfeiture laws passed in the spring go into effect. Under the new law, the state can no longer take property without a criminal conviction. The legislation 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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