To the Governor’s Desk: Oregon Senate Passes Bill to Curb Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data

SALEM, Ore. (June 22, 2015) Last week, the Oregon state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases, sending it to the Governor’s desk. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also address a practical effect of federal spying.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Maine Bill Restricting Government Use of Drones

AUGUSTA, Maine (June 21, 2015) A Maine bill that would drastically restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement and serve to thwart one aspect of the federal surveillance state was approved by the full legislature last week. It will now go to the Gov. LePage’s desk where he can sign it into law.

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Rhode Island House Approves Right to Try Act to Protect Terminal Patients from some FDA Restrictions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 20, 2015) – This week, the Rhode Island state House unanimously approved a bill that would effectively nullify in practice certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent terminally ill patients from accessing experimental treatments. The vote was 72-0.

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