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JACKSON, Miss. (Apr. 4, 2017) – Last week, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that many have claimed will “outlaw sanctuary cities” in the state. However, a closer reading of the bill shows it does not. Sen. Sean Tindell (R-Gulfport) sponsored Senate Bill 2719 (SB2710). As originally introduced, it would have banned so-called sanctuary policies on a…

SACRAMENTO (Apr. 3, 2017) – Today, the California Senate passed a bill to withdraw state resources from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws.  Passage into law will likely have the effect of further nullifying those federal acts in practice. Introduced by Sen. President Kevin de Leon and 11 co-sponsors, Senate Bill 54 (SB54) was passed by…

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 3, 2017) – Today, the Arizona Senate unanimously passed a bill reforming the state’s asset forfeiture laws. The bill also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations. Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (R-Gilbert) introduced House Bill 2477 (HB2477) on…

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 3, 2017) – Last week, the Arkansas Senate gave final approval to a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify federally run healthcare in practice in the state. Rep. Justin Gonzales (R-Okolona) introduced House Bill 2240 (HB2240) on March 6. The legislation specifies that direct…

HELENA, Mont. (April 3, 2017) – On Saturday, the Montana House gave final approval to a bill that would ban warrantless collection of data from an electronic device in most situations. If signed by Gov. Steve Bullock, the legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder one practical aspect…

CONCORD, N.H. (Apr. 3, 2017) – The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. If approved by the House, this measure would further nullify the federal prohibition on cannabis in practice. Senate Bill 159 (SB159) was introduced by Sen. Dan Feltes (D-Concord) and Sen. John Reagan (R-Deerfield). The…

BISMARCK, N.D. (Apr. 3, 2017) – The Republican-dominated North Dakota Senate has killed a bill to reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations. A coalition of eight legislators introduced House Bill 1170 (HB1170) on Jan. 6. The legislation would have reformed North…