Against the Odds, New Jersey Rejects Cooperation with Federal Sports Betting Laws

After years of duking it out in the courts, an unnecessary veto and promises of an override, Governor Christie has signed into law in New Jersey a bill ending state prohibition of sports betting.

S2460/A3711 passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature easily and received Governor Christie’s signature Friday, Oct. 17.

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A Good First Step: California Governor Signs Anti-Surveillance Bill into Law

SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday originally intended to deny resources to federal agencies engaging in unwarranted and illegal spying. The final version was much narrower in scope, but privacy and civil liberties advocates call the new law something to build on in 2015.

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Guns and Weed: My Interview with CQ Weekly Magazine

Today, I was interviewed by a reporter from CQ Weekly magazine. The topic? A report on spending by gun rights groups on a national level with a small segment on a state-level battle in Kansas, including the 2nd Amendment Protection Law being sued by the Brady Campaign.

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Electronic Data Protection Act Blocks Practical Impact of Federal ICReach Database

A new report from The Intercept shows that  850 billion records of metadata can be accessed by intelligence and law enforcement agencies through a search engine created by NSA. ICReach is expansive, but it’s not invincible.  States can block some of the effects of this program in practice by passing the Electronic Data Privacy Act.

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