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April 24, 2015

Manassas is at it again!

BLOG: Last year, we told you about a proposed city of Manassas zoning law that would have discriminated against women’s health care centers that provide abortion. Through our advocacy efforts, we were able to stop politicians in Manassas from passing that law. Unfortunately, they are at it again! read more »

April 20, 2015

Governor McAuliffe – Don’t Treat us Like Criminals

BLOG: Law enforcement says that we cannot be both safe and free – we need to choose. While it’s troubling that law enforcement forgets that our freedoms ensure our security (and our democracy), they don’t get to make the rules. Or, so we thought ... read more »

April 15, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Challenges Governor to Sign Legislation Providing Real Privacy Protection

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today challenged the Governor to sign the stronger of two bills addressing government surveillance that have been returned to him by the legislature. Although the two bills left the General Assembly with identical language, SB 965 (Petersen D Fairfax) was returned to the Governor today without amendment; HB 1673 (Anderson R Prince William) was returned to the Governor with amendments that gut the bill and restrict its application to law enforcement use of license plate readers (LPRs). As the bills left the legislature in February and as SB 965 was returned to him, they would simply affirm the scope and proper interpretation of the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act in the context of police use of surveillance technology. read more »

April 15, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Applauds General Assembly Vote on Drone Bills; Urges Governor to Sign, Not Veto

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today commended the General Assembly’s vote to reject Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to bi-partisan privacy legislation that unanimously passed during the 2015 General Assembly Session. The bills, HB 2125 (Cline R Rockbridge) and SB 1301 (McEachin D Richmond), would require a search warrant for drone use by law or regulatory enforcement agencies. read more »

April 15, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Commends Vote to Sustain Governor’s Veto of HB 1318

PRESS RELEASE: Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia commended the General Assembly for sustaining Governor McAuliffe’s veto of HB 1318, a bill that would have added another barrier to the polls by requiring qualified, registered, and eligible absentee voters to provide proof of valid photo ID by mail. read more »

April 15, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Condemns Failure to End Policing for Profit

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today condemned the Senate for failing to adopt Governor McAuliffe’s amendment to SB 721 that would have ensured that a person’s property could not be forfeited to the government without a criminal conviction. The amendment mirrored House legislation (HB 1287) proposed by Delegate Mark Cole of Spotsylvania County that was supported by the ACLU of Virginia. The House passed HB 1287 by an overwhelming margin of 92 to 6, but the bill failed in the Senate. read more »

April 14, 2015

On Eve of Veto Session, SB 965 Hit with Misinformation

BLOG: ALPRsIt’s a day before the veto session. All of the lawmakers will be returning to Richmond tonight or tomorrow. Ironically, the most controversial legislation appears to be SB 965, which passed unanimously back in the regular session. That bill strictly limited the use of government to utilize “surveillance technology” to collect personal information without a warrant. Now a tremendous amount of lobbying is being used to defeat it. read more »

April 11, 2015

They’re Playing the Fear Card … Again: The Myths and Facts in Virginia’s Surveillance Debate

BLOG: We rely on law enforcement to protect us. It is an often dangerous job, and we are grateful to those who take the oath to protect and serve. But, our admiration for their selflessness doesn’t grant them a blank check to ignore basic American principles. read more »

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