Maryland House Passes “Sanctuary State” Bill; Future Uncertain after Veto Threat

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 20, 2017) – Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill to withdraw state participation from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws. Passage into law is far from certain, as the Governor has promised to veto the bill and the 83-55 vote in the House is two short of a veto-override.…

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Maryland Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 10, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a court order. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Maryland, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Maryland Legislators Kill Right to Try Bills; Leave Terminally-Ill Patients Without Options

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Mar. 25, 2016) – Maryland House and Senate committees killed two bills that would have set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. That leaves these gravely ill Marylanders with little hope of receiving what could have been life-saving treatments.

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Maryland Senate Passes Bill to Curb Asset Forfeiture, But Federal Loophole Added

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 10, 2016) – A Maryland bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction passed the Senate this week, but an amendment approved during the process creates a loophole that would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt the more stringent state law.

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Maryland Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 22, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Maryland, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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