Proposed Manhattan Beach License Plate Tracking System Shows Need for State Limits on ALPRs

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (May 2, 2016) – Last month, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved a measure to fund a network of automatic license plate reader (ALPR) cameras that would scan every vehicle at seven entry points into the city. State legislation could curb such intrusive use of surveillance technology.

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Second California Assembly Committee Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 26, 2016) – A California bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement unanimously passed a second Assembly committee last week. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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End the Status Quo on Asset Forfeiture

The following is a letter from California resident and activist Brian Gonzalez to his Assembly representative on SB443. This bill takes on Asset Forfeiture in the state, and would close a huge federal loophole that allows local police in California circumvent state-level asset forfeiture restrictions by “passing off” cases to federal agents and still getting up to 80% of the proceeds. (learn more here)

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California Assembly Committee Passes Right to Try Act Rejecting Some FDA Restrictions on Terminally-Ill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 1, 2016) – An important California Assembly committee unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients.

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California Assembly Committee Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance 7-0

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 17, 2016) – A California bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement unanimously passed an important Assembly committee this week. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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California “Right to Try” Bill would Nullify in Practice Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2016) – After a Gov. Jerry Brown veto killed a similar effort last year, California will try again to set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients.

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Signed into Law: Two California Bills to Protect Privacy Against Warrantless Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2015) – Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law not just one, but two bills putting into place privacy protections among the strongest in the country. The new laws work together to protect privacy from some of the worst spying programs on the state level, and also take on a part of the federal surveillance state.

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