NMA Wrap Up of Legislative Activity, 2nd Quarter 2019: NMA E-Newsletter #547

April, May, and June were busy months in state legislatures where many of the bills affecting motorists that were introduced in the first quarter, or carried forward from last year, were resolved. The results were a mixed bag, but the biggest victory was a special one: Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed into law House […]

Law Enforcement’s National Threat Assessment Program (TAPS ACT) Predicts If You Pose a Future Threat: NMA E-Newsletter #546

By guest writer Joe Cadillic of the MassPrivatel Blog It has been nearly two years since I reported on the dangers of creating a law enforcement run Mental Health Assessment (MHA) program. In Texas, police use MHA’s to “screen” every person they have arrested for mental illness. But the TAPS Act, first introduced in January 2019, would take […]

A Voice Vote in Congress Moves Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Forward

Thank you to all who took action after receiving our initial alert last week about the Walberg Amendment which is designed to limit run-arounds of state civil asset forfeiture laws by local enforcement agencies. The U.S. House took a voice vote shortly after the NMA alert was sent and, well, we’ll leave it to TheNewspaper.com […]

Profound Privacy Risks without our Consent: NMA E-Newsletter #545

GeekWire posted last month that Portland, Oregon quietly launched a controversial mobile location data project with partner Sidewalk Labs (a subsidiary of Alphabet–which is the parent company of Google). In this year-long pilot program, the city has authorized that people, who have smartphones, will be tracked without their consent or knowledge. Portland is using software […]

NMA Report on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Activity in U.S. Congress

Dear NMA Members, In late April, U.S. Representative Tim Walberg of Michigan introduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act of 2019. The proposed legislation, which would institute much of the reform for which the NMA has been lobbying, has strong bipartisan support. The FAIR Act will hold the government to a much higher standard of “clear […]