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Was the U.S. Acquisition of Hawaii Unconstitutional?

Was the U.S. Acquisition of Hawaii Unconstitutional?

The United States may have inherent sovereign powers under international law, but as a matter of domestic constitutional law those powers aren’t vested in the federal government (as opposed to the sovereign people) unless the Constitution says they are

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Hawaii Senate Passes Bill to End State Support for Some Federal Immigration Enforcement

Hawaii Senate Passes Bill to End State Support for Some Federal Immigration Enforcement

HONOLULU, Hawaii – (March 6, 2018) – Today, the Hawaii Senate passed a bill to end state cooperation with enforcement of some federal immigration laws. A coalition of three Democrats introduced Senate Bill 2290 (SB2290) in January. The legislation is similar to the TRUST Act passed in California and Connecticut in 2013. The legislation would…

Hawaii Committees Pass Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

Hawaii Committees Pass Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

Under the proposed law, police will be required to get a court order or warrant before deploying a stingray device in most situations.

Hawaii Bill Would End State Support for Most Federal Immigration Enforcement

Hawaii Bill Would End State Support for Most Federal Immigration Enforcement

HONOLULU, Hawaii – (Feb. 8, 2018) – A Hawaii House and Senate committee have passed bills to withdraw state resources from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws. Passage of this legislation would likely have the effect of nullifying those federal acts in practice. A coalition of five Democratic Party representatives introduced House Bill 1994…

Hawaii Bill Would Expand Healthcare Freedom

Hawaii Bill Would Expand Healthcare Freedom

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Feb. 6, 2018) – A bill filed in the Hawaii Senate would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes. Sen. Stanley Chang (D-9) introduced Senate Bill 3021 (SB3021) on January 18. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients…

Hawaii Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

Hawaii Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Hawaii Senate would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Hawaii, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance…

Hawaii Bill Would Limit Warrantless Drone Surveillance

Hawaii Bill Would Limit Warrantless Drone Surveillance

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Dec. 16, 2017) – During the 2018 legislative session, the Hawaii Senate will take up a bill that would limit the warrantless use of surveillance drones. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Rep. Joseph Souki introduced House Bill…

Hawaii Bill Would Authorize Commercial Hemp Production Despite Federal Prohibition

Hawaii Bill Would Authorize Commercial Hemp Production Despite Federal Prohibition

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Dec. 13, 2017) – The Hawaii Senate will take up a bill in the 2018 legislative session that would expand the state’s industrial hemp program and authorize commercial production of the crop. Passage of the bill would spur development of a hemp industry in the Aloha State and set the foundation to end federal prohibition…