Massachusetts Committee Approves Bill to Limit ALPR use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Today, a Massachusetts committee passed a bill 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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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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Massachusetts High Court Rules State Officers Can’t Hold People Solely on Federal Immigration Detainers

BOSTON, Mass. (Aug. 7, 2017) –  Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that court officers in the state do not have the authority to detain individuals solely based on requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The ruling sets the stage for widespread non-cooperation with federal immigration detainers in Massachusetts.

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To the Governor: Massachusetts Passes Law to Implement Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

BOSTON, Mass. (July 28, 2017) – After weeks of wrangling, the Massachusetts legislature finally passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state last week. When fully implemented, legalization will take another big step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition of cannabis in effect.

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Massachusetts Committee Holds Hearing on Bills to Take on Asset Forfeiture, Close Federal Loophole

BOSTON, Mass. (June 12, 2017) – Last week, an important Massachusetts joint committee held a hearing on three bills that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases.The legislation also takes 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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Massachusetts Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying

BOSTON, Mass. (June 9, 2017) – Earlier this week, a Massachusetts committee held a hearing on a bill that would generally prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service providers. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Massachusetts, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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