March 12, 2019 | Individual Liberties
N.C. is a small step closer to making you put down the phone while you drive
A state House bill to ban use of hand-held cellphones and other wireless devices has cleared the first hurdle.
House Bill 144, “Hands Free NC,” was introduced Feb. 25. Among the four primary sponsors is Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford. The legislation incorporates the prohibition on texting while driving that became law in 2009.
The bill cleared the House Transportation committee. The next of four House committee steps is Insurance, followed by Judiciary and then Rules and Operations. The bill, if signed, would go into effect Jan. 1...
March 5, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Arizona Legislature Mulls Bills To Weaken Vaccination Requirements
The measles outbreak in Washington state and elsewhere is prompting some states to look at tightening vaccine requirements for schoolchildren. But not in Arizona. Lawmakers there have been considering bills to make it easier for parents to get exemptions for their kids from the usual childhood vaccinations.
Supporters of the controversial bills being considered in the Arizona Capitol say they are not "anti-vaccine."...
February 26, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Tennessee lawmakers propose raising age for tobacco purchases, Van Huss calls it ‘government intrusion’
Lawmakers in Tennessee are considering whether to follow their neighbor’s example after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill last week to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 21. Senate Bill 1200 and House Bill 1454, recently proposed by Sen. Shane Reeves and Rep. Bob Ramsey, aim to prohibit the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to those under 21. The legislation has drawn the support of the American Cancer Society, whose members described the legislation as “potentially lifesaving public health measures.”...
February 19, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Defenders of raw milk focusing on liberty more than health in Tennessee
A narrative is rapidly emerging in Tennessee against Dr. Richard Briggs bill to close the cow-share loophole that makes raw milk sales legal that otherwise would be illegal. The Tennessee Senate Commerce and Labor Committee has yet to schedule a hearing on the Briggs bill, but what lawmakers are hearing is that Senate Bill (SB) 15 pits community health against civil liberties.
Briggs, is a Republican, a cardiac surgeon and a retired U.S. Army Colonel. He represents Knoxville in the Tennessee Senate, told Ohio television station WTOL Channel 11 that the controversy his bill has caused is like “kicking a hornet’s nest.” Raw milk dairy farmers are fighting for their loophole, saying civil liberties are at stake for both producers and consumers of raw milk. They are calling opposition to the Briggs bill “a liberty issue.”...
February 5, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Marijuana legalization showdown in N.H. State House Tuesday
Supporters of marijuana legalization are expected to pour into the State House Tuesday afternoon, as a bill by Rep. Renny Cushing gets its first public hearing.
Members of the public will have a chance to weigh in on the legislation, House Bill 481, at 1 p.m. in Representatives Hall. New Hampshire is surrounded by states that have legalized cannabis; Cushing’s bill would do the same and apply a tax and regulation scheme on legal sales...
January 25, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Virginia bills would raise tobacco sales age to 21
Bipartisan bills in the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia Senate seek to raise the age for purchasing tobacco and other nicotine products from 18 to 21 – similar to the state's liquor laws.
The bills also add “nicotine vapor products and alternative nicotine products” in the list of those that are permissible to sell in vending machines. All other aspects of the bill, including penalties for sales under the permissible age, will remain the same...
January 22, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Florida bill would ban abortions if fetal heartbeat detected
A bill filed by a Florida state lawmaker aiming to ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected has led to public outcry from some progressive groups, with one advocate stating it's "among the most extreme" ever filed in the country.
House Bill 235, filed by Republican Florida state Rep. Mike Hill, would make it illegal for women to get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected...
January 15, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Woman argues her Fourth Amendment rights were violated: State Court of Appeals rules in case
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 7 in favor of a 27-year-old Pennington woman regarding a probation condition requiring her to submit random spot check chemical testing by police.
The Court of Appeals agreed, reversing in part and remanding the Crow Wing County District Court's decision regarding Tara Marie Cournoyer on her sentencing on a controlled substance conviction. Cournoyer was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and conditions of her probation includes she is required to submit random spot-check testing at the request of any licensed peace officer, probation agent of correctional officer...
January 9, 2019 | Individual Liberties
Local delegate introduces bill to legalize marijuana in Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) -- Portsmouth Delegate Steve Heretick didn't waste any time putting in a controversial bill that he calls the first comprehensive bill for legalizing marijuana in Virginia jistory.
Heretick says he has been an advocate for marijuana reform for the past few years -- and has introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana in every session since 2015...
December 3, 2018 | Individual Liberties
US government interested in tracking privacy coins, new document shows
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to know if it’s feasible to track transactions conducted using privacy coins…
December 3, 2018 | Individual Liberties
Senators call for data breach penalties, tougher privacy laws after Marriott hack
A slew of Democratic senators are calling for tougher privacy laws — and even steep fines for companies that fail to protect their customers’ data from data breaches — in the wake of Marriott’s admission…
December 3, 2018 | Individual Liberties
Oath agrees to $5 million settlement over children’s privacy online
Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay about $5 million to settle charges from the New York attorney general that the media company’s online advertising business was violating a federal children’s privacy law…
December 2, 2018 | Individual Liberties
Biden praises rule of law during speech in Las Vegas
Civil and constitutional rights are under “unrelenting attack,” former Vice President Joe Biden said during a speech Saturday at which he remembered former President George H.W. Bush as a man of class and decency…
November 13, 2018 | Individual Liberties
Boston Airbnb regulations prompt federal lawsuit
Apartment-sharing giant Airbnb has sued Boston in federal court to stop the implementation in the new year of rules regulating short-term rentals…
September 25, 2018 | Individual Liberties
Laxalt hails ruling in Elko 4th Amendment case
Can a police officer who stops someone on the street detain that person long enough to check the validity of their identification?
August 3, 2018 | Individual Liberties
COA: 4th Amendment rights not violated by search of home
The Indiana Court of Appeals determined that a man’s Fourth Amendment rights were not violated during a search of his residence because law enforcement had ample reason to believe he was at the residence…
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