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New Jersey Bill Would Require Consent For Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2018) – A bill filed in the New Jersey House would require public utility districts to obtain written consent from customers before installing “smart meter” technology on homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would enable New Jersey residents to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect. Continue reading New Jersey Bill Would Require Consent For Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

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Virginia House Rejects Bill to Restrict ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2017) – The Republican-dominated Virginia House of Delegates rejected a bill that would have limited the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data. If passed into law, the bill would have not only protected privacy in Virginia, but would have also hindered some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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New York Bill Would Allow Utility Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 27, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Two Oklahoma Law Enforcement Agencies Possess Stingrays; State Legislation Needed to Limit Use

Two Oklahoma law enforcement agencies have acquired or used devices to track and collect information from cellphones. This demonstrates the need for state legislation to limit their use.

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Missouri Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Restrict ALPR Use

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 21, 2016) – Last week, a Missouri Senate Committee held a hearing on a bill that would place imitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state. Based on the testimony, it seem the bill has enough support to move forward.

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AP Gets It Part Right, Part Wrong on Utah/Nevada Water Story

recent Associated Press story on our efforts to shut down the NSA in Utah got a lot of things right, except for the most important part. The article infers that a similar effort in Nevada to shut down a federal nuclear waste dump failed.

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Turn Off the Spigot Pumping Funds to the Local Police State

With the sight of cops in Ferguson, Missouri and Boston resembling totalitarian warriors out of a dystopian novel, many Americans have become alarmed at the apparent transition of law enforcement to a role as an occupation force.

They also wonder where the police got the money to pay for it. Continue reading Turn Off the Spigot Pumping Funds to the Local Police State