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Missouri Police Using Federal Loophole to Skim Millions in Asset Forfeiture Proceeds

Missouri Police Using Federal Loophole to Skim Millions in Asset Forfeiture Proceeds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 22, 2018) – Missouri police departments do an end-run around strict state asset forfeiture requirements and skim millions of dollars from Missouri schools using a federal loophole to circumvent state law. Missouri has some of the most strict asset forfeiture laws in the country. Prosecutors must get a conviction or a…

Missouri House Passes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition

Missouri House Passes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 1, 2018) – Today, the Missouri House passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice. Rep. James Neely (R-Cameron) introduced House Bill 1554 (HB1554) in January. The legislation would expand the state’s “Right to try…

Missouri House Committee Passes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition

Missouri House Committee Passes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Apr. 13, 2018) – On Monday, a Missouri House committee passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice. Rep. James Neely (R-Cameron) introduced House Bill 1554 (HB1554) in January. The legislation would expand the state’s “Right to try Law”…

Missouri Action Alert: Help Protect Privacy from State, Federal Surveillance Programs

Missouri Action Alert: Help Protect Privacy from State, Federal Surveillance Programs

HB2104 passed the House by an overwhelming 136-1 vote on Mar. 8 and is now in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee where it will need to be approved before moving forward.

Missouri House Passes Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks, Defying Supreme Court Precedent

Missouri House Passes Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks, Defying Supreme Court Precedent

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (April 4, 2018) – Yesterday, the Missouri House passed a bill that would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks, defying a Supreme Court opinion prohibiting states from regulating abortions before 24 weeks. Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau) introduced House Bill 1266 (HB1266) on Jan. 3. The legislation would prohibit abortions after the fetus…

Missouri House Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

Missouri House Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 8, 2018) – Today, the Missouri House passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. It would also bar the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. This represents an essential step states…

Missouri Bill Would Limit ALPR Data, First Step to Block National License Plate Tracking Program

Missouri Bill Would Limit ALPR Data, First Step to Block National License Plate Tracking Program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 5, 2018) –  A bill introduced in the Missouri Senate would limit the storage and sharing of information collected using Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions…

Missouri Measure Would Put Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

Missouri Measure Would Put Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 27, 2018) – Legislation filed in the Missouri House would create a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, setting the foundation to nullify federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the Show-Me State. Rep. Courtney Curtis (D-Berkeley) introduced House Joint Resolution 86 (HJR86) on Feb. 15. The legislation would initiate a referendum and…