Intense Law Enforcement Opposition Derails Arizona Bill Setting Foundation to Reject and Block all new Federal Gun Control

PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 8, 2016) – Intense opposition by law enforcement lobbyists killed an Arizona bill that would have prohibited the state from using personnel or resources to enforce any new federal gun control measures, setting the foundation to nullify them in practice within the state.

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Michigan Bill Takes on Warrantless Stingray Spying; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Jun. 6, 2016) – A bill introduced recently in the Michigan House would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and 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 Michigan, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Michigan House Votes 107-1 to Pass State Privacy Amendment With National Implications

LANSING, Mich. (Jun. 2, 2016) – The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday that would give voters an opportunity to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers and possessions” in the state constitution. If ultimately passed, it would also set the foundation to help block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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Fail: New York Assembly Committee Guts Bill to Limit Automatic License Plate Readers

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2016) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly to put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state was drastically altered in committee. The new version of the bill only applies restrictions to private individuals.

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Massachusetts Committee Passes Bill to Expand Raw Milk Sales; Set Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition Scheme

BOSTON, Mass. (May 31, 2016) – Last week, a Massachusetts joint committee passed an agriculture bill that would expand raw milk sales in the state. Passage of the bill into law would facilitate the process of nullifying the federal prohibition scheme in practice.

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Ohio House Passes Bill to Close Federal Asset Forfeiture Loophole

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 30, 2016) – Last week, the Ohio House passed a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in the majority of cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds.

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