California Committee Advances Bill to End Unchecked Police Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 14, 2017) –  Earlier this week, a second California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring or using surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

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New Hampshire Law Bans Warrantless Stingray Spying

CONCORD, N.H. (July 13, 2017) – Earlier this week, a bill that bans the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations became law without the governor’s signature. The new statute not only protects privacy in New Hampshire, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Signed by the Governor: Maine Law Gives Local Government Control Over Food Regulations, Will Hinder FDA

AUGUSTA, Maine (July 6, 2017) – Last month, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law that gives local governments the authority to enact ordinances regulating local food distribution without state interference. The new law not only takes a big step forward for food sovereignty and local control by limiting state regulation, it will also create an environment hostile to federal regulations and potentially nullify some FDA edicts in effect.

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Now in Effect: West Virginia Law Legalizes Commercial Hemp Farming Despite Federal Prohibition

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (July 5, 2017) – Yesterday, a West Virginia law went into effect that significantly expands the state’s hemp licensing program, opening the door for anybody in the state to produce or process industrial hemp for commercial purposes. The new law sets the foundation to end federal prohibition of hemp in effect in the Mountain State.

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Now In Effect: Tennessee Law Decriminalizes Firearm “Silencers”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 5, 2017) – Last week, a new Tennessee law went into effect decriminalizing the manufacture and possession of firearm suppressors in the state. The new law not only removes a layer of state regulation, it will help foster an environment hostile to federal gun control in Tennessee.

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West Virginia Set to Begin Dismantling State Run Obamacare Exchange

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Ju. 5, 2017) – This week, West Virginia will officially begin to shut down its state-run Obamacare health insurance exchange, leaving its operation in the hands of what has proven to be a very incapable federal government. With a new law passed earlier this year going into effect, West Virginia takes an important first step toward withdrawing the state from implementing the national healthcare program.

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