California Assembly Passes Bill to Curb “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture; Close Federal Loophole

SACRAMENTO, Ca. (Aug. 15, 2016) – Today, the California Assembly voted 66-8 to pass a bill that not only bolsters restrictions on state officials from seizing property without due process, but throws a wrench into federal efforts to do the same.

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Louisiana House Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Stingray Use; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (April 26, 2016) – Today, the Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill that would require a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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New Hampshire House Passes Bill Taking on Drone Spying; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance

CONCORD, N.H. (March 24, 2016) – Yesterday, the New Hampshire House  passed a bill that would restrict the warrantless or weaponized use of drones by state and local law enforcement.  The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, they would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Tennessee House Committee Passes Bill Setting Stage to Reject Gun Control by International Law or Treaty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 22, 2016) – Today, a House committee passed a bill taking a first step toward withdrawing state resources and personnel from enforcing gun control based on international law or treaties. Passage into law would set the foundation to block such gun control in effect.

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Mississippi Senate Committee Passes Bill Setting Foundation to Reject Some Federal Gun Control

JACKSON, Miss. (Mar. 22, 2016) – A Mississippi bill that would set the foundation to reject and end new federal gun control regulations and executive orders passed an important Senate committee last week. The bill already passed the full House and will now move to the full Senate for further consideration.

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Back from the Dead: After Grassroots Pressure, Tennessee Committee Re-votes and Passes Bill to Block International Gun Control

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 17, 2016) – After voting to kill a bill last month that would have taken a first step toward withdrawing state resources and personnel from enforcing gun control based on international law or treaties, a House subcommittee reconsidered the bill and passed it by a 3-2 vote yesterday.

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Tennessee House Subcommittee Unanimously Kills Bill to Restrict Asset Forfeiture, Close Federal Loophole

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar 16, 2016) – Today, a House Subcommittee voted unanimously to kill a bill that would have reformed asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation would have also taken 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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