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Minnesota Electronic Data Privacy Act Would Reject the Surveillance State

Minnesota Electronic Data Privacy Act Would Reject the Surveillance State

ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 26, 2017) –  A bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate would limit warrantless electronic data collection in the state. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Minnesota, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state. Sen. Dave Dibble (D) Introduced Senate Bill…

Bill to Implement REAL ID in Minnesota Fails, But Battle Continues

Bill to Implement REAL ID in Minnesota Fails, But Battle Continues

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (March 17, 2017) – The Minnesota Senate rejected a that bill would have set the state on the path toward compliance with the federal REAL ID program, but supporters of federal driver’s license mandates still hope to pass legislation to implement REAL ID during this session. A coalition of nine representatives introduced…

Minnesota Bill Would Require Consent for Vaccines; Push Back Against Federal Guidelines

Minnesota Bill Would Require Consent for Vaccines; Push Back Against Federal Guidelines

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Mar. 11, 2017) – A Minnesota House bill would allow parents to opt their children out of certain vaccinations. Passage of the bill would also push back against federal immunization initiatives. House Bill 2005 (HF2005) was introduced by Rep. Cindy Pugh (R-Chanhassen) to mitigate concerns regarding vaccine safety. The legislation would require…

Minnesota Bills Would Legalize Marijuana; Nullify Unconstitutional Federal Prohibition

Minnesota Bills Would Legalize Marijuana; Nullify Unconstitutional Federal Prohibition

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 28, 2016) – Two Minnesota bills would legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state. Passage would also take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in the state. House Bill 926 (HF926) was introduced by Rep. Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia) and 12 co-sponsors, while House Bill 927 (HF927)…

Permission not Required: “Constitutional Carry” Bill Introduced in Minnesota

Permission not Required: “Constitutional Carry” Bill Introduced in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 17, 2017) – A “Constitutional Carry” bill introduced in the Minnesota House would make it legal to carry a concealed firearm without a license in the state, and foster an environment hostile to federal gun control. A coalition of 15 representatives filed House Bill 188 (HF188) on Jan. 12. If passed…

Minnesota House Committee Passes Bill Setting Foundation to Reject EPA Clean Power Plan

Minnesota House Committee Passes Bill Setting Foundation to Reject EPA Clean Power Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 23, 2016) – An important Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would take a small, but important, first step in setting the foundation to reject some federal EPA rules and regulations in practice. A bipartisan coalition of 33 representatives sponsored House Bill 333 (HF333). The legislation would prohibit the commissioner…