Signed as Law: Ohio Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Closes Federal Loophole in Most Situations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 5, 2016) – On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that reforms asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without criminal charges in many cases. The new law 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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To the Governor: Ohio Right to Try Act Rejects Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 19, 2016) – Last week, the Ohio Senate unanimously approved a bill that sets the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. The legislation now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for his consideration.

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Four Ohio Cities Decriminalize Marijuana Possession, Lead Way for Entire State to Nullify Federal Prohibition

Statewide efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio failed at the ballot box last year, but several cities pressed ahead, voting to decriminalize cannabis within their city limits. This takes a solid first step toward effectively nullifying prohibition in practice.

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To the Governor: Ohio Legislature Passes Bill to Close Federal Asset Forfeiture Loophole

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 9, 2016) – Yesterday, the Ohio legislature gave final approval to a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without criminal charges in many 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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Ohio City Considering Ordinance to Limit Drones; Would Help Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2016) – An Ohio town will consider regulations on drones that may include limits on law enforcement surveillance. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the local level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Ohio Action Alert: Help Stop Asset Forfeiture, Support HB347

Earlier this year, the Ohio House passed HB347 to reform asset forfeiture laws. The bill would prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in the majority of cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds. HB347 must…

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