Montana House Committee Passes Bill to Help Stop National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA Mont. (Feb 13, 2015) –  Today, a Montana House Committee passed a bill that would put restrictions on automated license plate reader systems (ALPR) by the state and have a major impact on federal efforts to tap in to state and local systems to track millions of people. The vote was 11-10.

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Bill to Stop Warrantless Drone Surveillance Passes First Step in Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wa., February 13, 2015 – Today, a Washington State House committee passed a bill putting strict limitations on the use of drones and other “extra-sensory devices” within the state. The vote was 6-3. Introduced by Rep. Dave Taylor (R-Moxee) and a bipartisan group of 16 cosponsors, House Bill 1639 (HB1639) would prohibit the use of drones to…

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Tennessee Bills Take on NSA Code-Breaking Facility, Ban Material Support or Resources

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 13, 2015) – On Wednesday, Tennessee legislators filed bills to directly take on NSA spying by withholding vital state resources and material support from any federal agency engaged in warrantless surveillance. Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) introduced SB782 in the Tennessee Senate and Rep. James Van Huss (R-Jonesborough) and Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough)…

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Virginia House Votes 100-0 to Put Permanent Restrictions on Drone Surveillance

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 10, 2015) The Virginia House unanimously passed a bill that would permanently restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement today. If ultimately passed into law, this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also thwart the federal surveillance state.

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