Montana Bill Takes on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection; Would Hinder a Federal Surveillance Program

HELENA, Mont. (Jan. 5, 2017) – A Montana bill would require police to get a warrant in order to obtain electronic communication information from 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 Bill Would Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA, Mont. (Jan. 2, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Montana House would strictly limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state, and 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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Montana Bills to Shine Light on Federal/State Partnerships Vetoed by Governor

Knowing the source of funds coming into a state can give the general public a more complete understanding of where the source of their problems lies. And two bills to shine light on federal funds for the public were passed by the Montana legislature this year. However, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed both of those important reform measures in April.

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Montana Senate Votes 46-1 to Limit Federal Militarization of Police

HELENA, Mont. (Mar. 30, 2015) – A bill that would heavily diminish the effect of federal surplus equipment programs that militarize local police was passed by the Montana Senate today. The vote was 46-1. Introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer (R-Superior), House Bill 330 (HB330) bans state or local law enforcement agencies from receiving drones that…

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