New Hampshire Action Alert: Privacy Bills up for Senate Vote

On Jan. 8, HB1533 was introduced to protect the electronic data of New Hampshire residents from unwarranted surveillence in the state.  It passed through the house and is scheduled to be voted upon in the senate on Apr. 24. A companion bill (HB1619) is also due for a vote in the senate on the same…

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Maryland Nullifies Federal Marijuana Prohibition

On April 14, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law that will set into motion the process for production and distribution of medical marijuana in the state, adding to the long list of states ignoring federal prohibition, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal act in limited medical situations.

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Tennessee legislature passes bill to effectively nullify hemp ban

Today, the Tennessee state senate gave final approval to a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country. After a 28-0 vote, the bill will now go to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk for a signature. With the house having approved the bill by a vote of 88-5, both chambers have a strong veto-proof majority.

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Minnesota Action Alert: Support HF3173 to Bolster Privacy Rights

HF3173, a bill that would ban government officials from obtaining the personal identifying information of individuals without a warrant in Minnesota, was introduced on Mar. 19 by Rep. John Lesch (DFL-66B). It was promptly referred to the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee where it will need to pass through a majority before it can…

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The Massachusetts Personal Liberty Law of 1855: Lessons for Today

After an infamous Supreme Court opinion which claimed that the Federal Fugitive Slave Act precluded a Pennsylvania state law that prohibited blacks from being taken out of Pennsylvania into slavery, the state of Massachusetts passed a personal liberty law on May 21, 1855.

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Michigan Action Alert: Support HB5420, the 4th Amendment Protection Act

On Mar. 20, Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) introduced HB5420 to prevent state cooperation with warrantless spying and personal data collection by the NSA and other federal agencies. (learn more about it here) It was referred to the Judiciary Committee where it will need to pass through a majority before it can be considered for a full vote by the house.

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Missouri Action Alert: Support SJR27 to Protect Privacy

SJR27, a proposal for a state constitutional amendment that would expressly include electronic data and communications in the same protected class as “persons, houses, papers, and effects,” is moving forward in the Missouri legislature.  It passed the senate by a 31-2 vote.  It is now in the House Downsizing State Government Committee where it will…

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