Tenth Amendment Center

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2018) – Yesterday, a  second Florida Senate committee approved a measure that would ban warrantless location tracking and the use of stingray devices to sweep up electronic communications in most situations. The new law will not only protect privacy in Florida, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Sen. Jeff Brandes…

DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 14, 2018) – An Iowa House subcommittee has approved a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes. Rep. David Heaton (R-Mt. Pleasant) introduced House Bill 2275 (HF2275) on February 7. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance,…

JUNEAU, Alaska (Feb. 13, 2018) – An Alaska House committee has passed a bill to legalize industrial hemp and creating a licensing program for its cultivation in the state, taking the first step toward nullifying federal prohibition on the plant in practice. Sen. Shelly Hughes (R) filed Senate Bill 6 (SB6) last year and it…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 13, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Maryland House would protect medical marijuana users’ right to possess firearms in the state. It would also help foster an environment hostile to federal gun control and take another step toward nullifying unconstitutional marijuana prohibition. Sen. Michael Hough (R) and Sen. Robert Zirkin (D) introduced…

TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Two bills introduced in the New Jersey legislature would ban warrantless drone surveillance in most situations. Final passage of this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) introduced Senate Bill 577…

MADISON, Wisc. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Two Wisconsin bills that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes have passed their respective committees. Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin), along with a bipartisan coalition of 32 cosponsors, introduced Assembly Bill 798 (AB798) on Dec. 28. A companion bill in the Senate (SB670) was introduced…

If Republicans are so worried about government surveillance and its potential for abuse, why did they reauthorize FISA? This is a question few people seem to be asking. Last week, the House Intelligence Committee released a memo that revealed abuses of the FISA process. Sadly, the real news was lost in partisan bickering about Russia…

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 8, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Missouri House would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) introduced House…