Virginia Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp Farming, Sets Stage to Nullify Federal Prohibition

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 21, 2016) – Yesterday, a state House committee passed a bill to authorize the farming, and production of industrial hemp in the state for commercial purposes, setting the foundation to nullify in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. The vote was 22-0.

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Oklahoma Bill Would Restrict ALPRs; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 20, 2016) – A bill prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

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Illinois Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Use of Stingrays; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Jan. 20, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Illinois legislature would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Illinois, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Missouri Bill Would Ban Warrantless Use of Stingrays; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 20, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Missouri legislature would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the the Show-Me State, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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