Massachusetts Committee Holds Hearing on Bills to Limit ALPR use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Last week, a Massachusetts committee held a hearing on three bills that would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state. Passage into law would also place 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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Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying; Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb 2, 2018) – Yesterday, a Missouri House committee overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the law would not only protect privacy in Missouri, it will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Utah Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana for Some Terminally-Ill Patients

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb 1, 2018) – A Utah House committee has approved a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to legally use medical marijuana under the state’s Right to Try law. Passage would take a first step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the Beehive State.

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Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Oklahoma House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty. Passage of this bill would enable Oklahomans to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Arizona Bill Takes on Federal Militarization of Police and the Surveillance State

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Arizona Senate would require law enforcement agencies to get local government approval before acquiring or using military equipment or surveillance technology. Passage of the legislation would set the stage to limit the surveillance state, along with the impact of federal programs that militarize local police.

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