Massachusetts

BOSTON, Mass. (May 23, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Massachusetts Senate 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.Sen. Michael Moore (D-Shrewsbury), along with a bipartisan pair of cosponsors, introduced Senate…

BOSTON, Mass. (May 15, 2017) – Bills introduced in the Massachusetts House and Senate would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases.The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the…

BOSTON, Mass. (April 14, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Massachusetts House would create a licensing program for the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes in the state, rejecting the unconstitutional federal prohibition of the same. Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Middlesex) presented House Bill 3507 (H.3507) earlier this year. The legislation would…

BOSTON, Mass. (March 13, 2017) – A Massachusetts bill would legalize herd share agreements for the sale of raw milk in the state. Passage into law would take an important step toward rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) introduced Senate Bill 442 (S.442) January 23, with the State House concurring. It…

BOSTON, Mass. (March 10, 2017) – A Massachusetts bill would generally prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service providers. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Massachusetts, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state. More than…

BOSTON, Mass. (Mar. 2, 2017) – A Massachusetts bill would withdraw the state from Common Core standards, an important step toward nullifying the program within the state. Sen. Jason Lewis (D- Winchester) introduced Senate Bill 283 (S.283) to void Common Core standards and create a framework to establish state standards to replace them. It reads, in…

BOSTON (Nov. 8, 2016) – Voters in Massachusetts have approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for general use by adults, a big step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition of cannabis in effect. With 64 percent of the precincts reporting, Tenth Amendment Center projects Question 4 as the winner by a margin of 53-47. With passage of…