Bill to Legalize Hemp Farming, Nullify Federal Ban, Passes Washington House Committee Unanimously

OLYMPIA, Wa. (Mar. 24, 2015) – By a unanimous 9-0 vote yesterday, a Washington state House committee approved a bill that would authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same.

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Arizona Senate Committee Passes Bill to Help Block Executive Orders

PHOENIX (Mar. 23, 2015) – Today, an important Arizona state Senate committee passed a bill that would help seal the coffin in the Grand Canyon State on unilateral presidential executive orders intended to circumvent Congress’ role as the legislative body under the Constitution. It previously passed the state House by a 36-24 vote. Rep. Bob…

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Massachusetts Bill Would Help Block Federal Militarization of Local Police

BOSTON (Mar. 23, 2015) – A bill introduced last week in the Massachusetts state House would prohibit state and local police from procuring military equipment from the federal government without a public hearing and local government approval, taking the process out of the hands of law enforcement agencies and placing it under control of the people.

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Vermont Bill to Restrict Drones and License Plate Tracking Passes Two Senate Committees

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Mar 22, 2015) – A bill that would put strict limitations on tracking and surveillance through the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), and would impact some federal programs, passed unanimously through two Vermont state Senate committees last week.

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Arizona Senate Committee Passes Bill to take on Unilateral EPA Rules over Intrastate Waters

PHOENIX (Mar. 20, 2015) This week, an Arizona Senate committee passed a bill that would help block unilateral EPA rules over “nonnavigable intrastate waters or waterways.” The bill previously passed the full House, and on Wednesday, the Senate committee vote was 4-3.

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