Signed By the Governor: Louisiana Expands Right to Try Act, Further Rejects Some FDA Restrictions

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 21, 2017) – Last week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law that expands the state’s Right to Try law to include technology designed to help ALS patients with mobility. The new law will set the foundation to nullify in practice a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule that currently denies these patients’ access to this specific technology.

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Signed by the Governor: Vermont Law Will Increase Access to Medical Marijuana, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Jun. 21, 2017) – A Vermont bill to fully legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients was signed into law last week by Gov. Phil Scott. The new measure takes another step toward effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.

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Signed by the Governor: Maine Law Prohibits State Gun Registries

AUGUSTA, Maine (June 19, 2017) – Last week, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law prohibiting any type of state firearms registry. The law will not only protect the privacy of Maine gun owners, it will also hinder the federal government’s ability to develop a firearms database and create a climate less favorable to federal gun control.

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New Hampshire Senate Kills Bill Taking on Warrantless Drone Spying

CONCORD, N.H. (June 19, 2017) – The New Hampshire Senate killed a bill that would have restricted warrantless and weaponized use of drones by law enforcement. The legislation would not only have establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would have also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor: New Hampshire Passes Bill Allowing Local Common Core Opt Out

CONCORD, N.H. (June 16, 2017) –Today, the New Hampshire House and Senate gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit the state department of education and the state board of education from requiring any school or school district to implement Common Core standards. Adoption of the legislation would represent an opportunity for local communities to nullify Common Core in the state.

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To the Governor: Maine Bill Would Prohibit Any State Gun Registries

AUGUSTA, Maine (June 12, 2017) – On Friday, the Maine House gave final approval to a bill prohibiting any type of state firearms registry. The law will not only protect the privacy of Maine gun owners, it will also hinder the federal government’s ability to develop a firearms database and create a climate less favorable to federal gun control.

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Massachusetts Committee Holds Hearing on Bills to Take on Asset Forfeiture, Close Federal Loophole

BOSTON, Mass. (June 12, 2017) – Last week, an important Massachusetts joint committee held a hearing on three bills that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases.The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

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