California Bill Prohibiting Warrantless Use of Stingray Devices Clears Senate Committees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2015) – A California bill that would end the warrantless use of “stingrays” passed out of a second state Senate committee on Friday. The bill would not only help protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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To The Governor’s Desk: Alabama House Passes Bill to Effectively Nullify Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients, 97-0

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 31, 2015)  – On Thursday, the Alabama state House gave final approval to a bill that would effectively nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent terminally ill patients from accessing experimental treatments. Since it previously passed the Senate, it now goes to the Governor’s desk for further consideration.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Texas Bill Establishes Bullion Depository, Helps Facilitate Transactions in Gold and Silver

AUSTIN, Tex. (May 31, 2015) – With just hours remaining before final deadlines in the 84th legislative session today, the Texas state House gave final approval to a bill that represents a first step towards gold and silver as commonly-used legal tender in the state.

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Signed into Law: Minnesota Bill to Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 29, 2015) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bipartisan bill into law last weekend that places strict limits on the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and places 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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California Senate Passes Bill Taking on Stingray Surveillance, 39-0

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 25, 2015) – A bill that would take the first step in limiting the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications passed out of the state Senate on Friday. The bill would not only protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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