California Committee Passes Bill to Require Local Approval Before Police Can Obtain Surveillance Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 2, 2017) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

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To the Governor: Tennessee Passes Bill to Decriminalize Firearm “Silencers”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 2, 2017) – Yesterday, the Tennessee House gave final approval to a bill that would decriminalize the manufacture and possession of firearm silencers in the state. If signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, the bill would help foster an environment hostile to federal gun control in Tennessee.

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Texas Committee Votes to Expand Right to Try Act; Further Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Personal Choice

AUSTIN, Texas (May 1, 2017) – Last week, a Texas House committee unanimously passed a bit that would expand the Texas “Right to Try” law, setting the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by patients with severe chronic diseases.

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Texas Committee Passes Bill to Facilitate Operation of Bullion Depository

AUSTIN, Texas (May 1, 2017) – A Texas House committee has passed a bill that will facilitate the establishment and operation of the Texas Bullion Depository. Passage of the bill would take another step toward getting the depository fully operational, and facilitating the everyday use of gold and silver in financial transactions in the Lone Star State.

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