Tenth Amendment Center

SANTA FE, N.M. (March 20, 2017) – Last week, the New Mexico House gave final approval for a bill known as the Electronic Communication Privacy Act. If signed by the governor, the bill would not only protect privacy in New Mexico, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state. Sen. Peter…

AUSTIN, Texas (March 20, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Texas House would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes, rejecting the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) introduced House Bill 3587 (HB3587) on March 9. Under the proposed law, industrial hemp would be treated as…

On March 14, I appeared on the Kate Dalley Show to talk about warrantless NSA spying and what states can do about it. I opened the interview explaining how the state of Utah could simply end all cooperation with unconstitutional surveillance and turn off the water to the NSA facility in Bluffdale. This led to a…

CHARLESTON, W. Va. . (Mar. 20, 2017) – On Saturday, the West Virginia Senate passed a bill to withdraw the state from Common Core. Sen. Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) introduced Senate Bill 524 (SB524) to void Common Core standards in the state. It reads, in part: Effective July 1, 2018, the state board is prohibited from…

Arizona House Bill 2477 (HB2477) would require prosecutors to establish a higher evidentiary standard for asset forfeiture. 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. It passed the House by a unanimous 60-0 vote. (learn more here) It now…

DENVER, Colo. (March 21, 2017) – A Republican controlled Colorado Senate committee killed a bill that would have closed an asset forfeiture loophole that allows state and local police to circumvent more stringent state asset forfeiture laws. Despite bipartisan sponsorship, Senate Bill 136 (SB136) failed to advance out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary by a…