Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Mar. 22, 2017) – Today, a Washington Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would remove industrial hemp from the state’s “controlled substances” list. Passage into law would set the stage for people in the Evergreen State to nullify federal prohibition on the plant in practice. Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) and a…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 28, 2017) – A Washington state bill that would limit the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data, passed an important House committee last week. If given final approval, the bill would not only protect privacy in Washington state, but would also hinder…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 13, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Washington state House would remove industrial hemp from the state’s “controlled substances” list, setting the stage for the people there to nullify federal prohibition on the plant in practice. A bipartisan coalition of representatives introduced House Bill 2064 (HB2064) on Feb. 9. The legislation…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 20, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Washington state Senate would prohibit the state from assisting the federal government with indefinite detention without due process under provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) or any other federal acts purporting to authorize such powers. Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle), along…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 17, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Washington state House would end state cooperation with warrantless federal spying. Passage of the legislation would not only help protect privacy in Washington, it would help hinder unconstitutional federal surveillance. A bipartisan coalition of five representatives introduced House Bill 1193 (HB1193) on Jan. 13. Titled…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Washington state House would limit the 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. A bipartisan coalition of nine representatives introduced House Bill 1102 (HB1102) on…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 13, 2017) – A bill filed in the Washington state Senate would initiate a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to ensure that electronic communications and data are secure from unreasonable searches and seizures. Passage would not only increase privacy protections in Washington, it would also hinder some federal surveillance programs.…

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Dec. 22, 2016) – A bill filed in the Washington House for the 2017 legislative session would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws by prohibiting the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. But a loophole in the legislation would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt the more stringent state law.…