Montana Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA, Mont. (March 17, 2017) – Yesterday, an important Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in 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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To the Governor: Montana Passes Bill Taking on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

HELENA, Mont. (March 16, 2017) – Today, the Montana House gave final approval to a bill that would require police to get a warrant in order to obtain electronic communication information from service providers in most cases. Passage of the legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder one practical aspect of federal surveillance programs.

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Montana Governor Vetoes Bill Authorizing Firearms On Post Office Property

HELENA, Mont. (March 9, 2017)  – Montana Gov. Bullock has vetoed a bill that would have authorized a person to carry a handgun on U.S. Postal Service property in the state and set the foundation for the people there to reject an unconstitutional federal gun control measure in practice.

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Montana Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 23, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Montana legislature would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow Montanans to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Montana House Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Collection of Electronic Data

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 17, 2017) – A Montana bill that would ban warrantless collection of data from an electronic device in most situations unanimously passed the House on Wednesday. Final passage of the legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder one practical aspect of federal surveillance programs.

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