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Crypto ‘Wild West’ requires new laws, SEC chair says

Details: The American Bakers Association, which represents companies like the grocer Kroger, donut maker Krispy Kreme and Tastykake parent company Flower Foods, told Reuters it met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week to urge reduced blending mandates, particularly for biodiesel. The EPA administers the nation's biofuels laws.

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New endorsement laws could create pitfalls for college

Details: Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that student-athletes are able to earn money from their name, image and likeness, more than a dozen states have enacted laws to govern the practice. These states include Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For example, the name, image and likeness law in Illinois defines what compensation can be for and the role that colleges can play when student …

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Baltimore County breaking public-records laws, former top

Details: 22 hours ago · Baltimore County is breaking state open-records laws by withholding numerous documents that should be released to the public, a former high-ranking veteran of county government alleges in a new lawsuit. Fred Homan claims in the lawsuit that the county has violated the Maryland Public Information Act by refusing to turn over thousands of emails and by charging unreasonable …

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Hate crime laws across country are inconsistent, new

Details: Hate crime laws have been found to vary extensively throughout the U.S., as stated in a new report. About the report: “Policy Spotlight: Hate Crime Laws,” written by the Movement Advancement Project in collaboration with 16 civil rights organizations, was released to the public on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. The report is “a comprehensive national review of hate crime

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New wolf killing laws trigger push to revive US protections

Details: The new laws had been opposed by some former wildlife officials and reflect an increasingly partisan approach to predator management in state houses that are dominated by Republicans. Supporters of restoring protections say the changes will tip the scales and drive down wolf numbers to unsustainable levels, while also threatening packs in

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Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

Details: The laws, passed by a Legislature controlled by Democrats and signed by a Democratic governor, constitute what is likely the nation's most ambitious police reform legislation. Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder

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Several new laws take effect in California on July 1

Details: Several new laws take effect in California on July 1. The start of the state's fiscal year on July 1 brings several new California laws. Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting.

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Clarence Thomas says federal laws against marijuana may no

Details: Clarence Thomas, one of the Supreme Court's most conservative justices, said Monday that because of the hodgepodge of federal policies on marijuana, federal laws against its use or cultivation may no longer make sense. "A prohibition on intrastate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or proper to support the federal government's piecemeal approach," he wrote.

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Would stronger hate crime laws help prevent violence

Details: Current hate crime laws also prevent law enforcement from considering the context of a crime, such as the spike in anti-Asian incidents since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. This high bar of proof, plus lax hate crime reporting requirements among states, creates the impression that hate-inspired violence is a much smaller problem in

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7 COVID-19 Laws In NJ That Will Impact Your Life In 2021

Details: NEW JERSEY — Much of New Jersey's coronavirus regulations — and public criticism — stemmed from Gov. Phil Murphy's executive orders. But new laws have also shaped – or will shape – the state's COVID-19 response, and lawmakers say those pieces of legislation will continue to help New Jersey survive as the coronavirus crisis continues in 2021.

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Gov. Cuomo Violated Federal Laws by Sexually Harassing

Details: Spencer PlattNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo violated federal and state laws when he sexually harassed several current and former New York state employees with non-consensual touching and numerous offensive comments, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday.James made the bombshell announcement as she released the findings of a months-long inquiry into sexual …

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A third of states have passed more restrictive voting laws

Details: The states with the most significant new voter laws will also see some of the most contested political campaigns in the coming years. Here are where those laws have been enacted and what the new policies will do: Arizona. Well before 2020, Arizona passed two laws that were contested by voting rights activists as restrictive.

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Law enforcement agencies struggle with new laws

Details: Jul. 23—Editor's note: For the Moses Lake Police Department's take on the new police reform laws, see this article from the Herald's July 8 edition. SOAP LAKE — Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox believes the host of laws passed this spring by the Washington Legislature governing how police operate are going to make life in this small community more difficult.

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Biden Labels GOP Voting Laws Greatest Threat to American

Details: Speaking from the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, President Biden forcefully condemned the wave of election integrity laws recently passed in red states, calling the laws an "assault" on the right to vote and the "most significant threat" to the U.S. since the Civil War.

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Indiana attorney general tells Senate voting laws should

Details: A Republican attorney general who supported overturning the 2020 presidential election argued at a Senate hearing Wednesday that voting laws should be guided by public confidence rather than evidence of fraud at the polls.

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What legal experts say will be needed to charge Cuomo

Details: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political future remains uncertain after a report by the state attorney general's office concluded that he sexually harassed almost a dozen women and broke state and federal laws, especially since the findings could pave the way for a criminal investigation into the accusations.. But legal experts caution that the standard for criminal prosecution is greater than

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Lawsuit: Montana's new voting laws violate Native

Details: The state of play: The lawsuit argues that the laws, which eliminate same-day voter registration and limit ballot restriction, are part of a targeted campaign to disenfranchise Native Americans. Native Americans make up roughly 6.5% of the population in Montana.. Native voters who live on reservations often face barriers due to long distances to election offices or polling sites.

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Despite outrage, new state voting laws don't spell

Details: Will new election laws being proposed and passed in states limit people's opportunity to vote? Sean Rayford/Getty ImagesThe sky is falling – that’s what you may believe about a rash of new election laws being introduced, largely by the GOP, in statehouses across the country. Alternatively, you may think these laws are absolutely crucial to ensure election integrity.

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Judge: Kushner's apartment company violated consumer laws

Details: A judge in Maryland has ruled that an apartment company co-owned by Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump's son-in-law, repeatedly violated state consumer protection laws by collecting debts without required licenses, charging tenants improper fees and misrepresenting the condition of rental units. Administrative Law Judge Emily Daneker said in her 252-page decision …

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Harris jabs GOP voting laws, saying they make it 'harder

Details: Vice President Kamala Harris announced a $25 million expansion of the Democratic National Committee’s campaign to expand voting rights, urging a full-court press by her party to challenge tighter voting laws passed by Republican legislatures across the country. “This is the fight of our nation

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No big backlash for states passing anti-transgender laws

Details: Five states have passed laws or implemented executive orders this year limiting the ability of transgender youths to play sports or receive certain medical treatment. There’s been a vehement outcry from supporters of transgender rights – but little in the way of tangible repercussions for those states. The NBA and NCAA relocated events; some companies scrapped expansion plans.

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Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting laws in another blow

Details: Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting laws in another blow to Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a major decision on voting rights — rejecting claims by Democrats that Republicans in Arizona engaged in voter suppression — that will have significant implications for the ongoing debate over access to the ballot box.

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New Louisiana abortion, policing, marijuana laws take effect

Details: New law makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a misdemeanor crime carrying a fine up to $100, but no jail time in Louisiana. Louisiana is ending jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, adding new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restricting when police officers can use chokehold restraints, as more than 250 new laws take …

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New MD Laws Take Effect January 2021: Minimum Wage, IVF

Details: MARYLAND — Marylanders will awaken to several new laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2021. Due to the truncated session in 2020 — the legislative session concluded nearly three weeks early in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic — the number of new laws is smaller than in previous years.. For 2021, the main law that will affect millions of Marylanders' bank accounts is the minimum

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Abcarian: Republicans are passing laws to suppress the

Details: Abcarian: Republicans are passing laws to suppress the truth about slavery's enduring legacy. An art piece depicting chained people is displayed at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. The national memorial aims to teach about America's past in hopes of promoting understanding and healing.

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Republicans claim some blue states have stricter voting

Details: Republicans, under fire from Democrats and major corporations for their nationwide push for new limits on voting, are defending their proposals as similar to or better for ballot access than the election laws some blue states already have on the books.. In statements and news conferences, Republican leaders have pointed to what they say is a double standard from Democrats and activists …

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Tennessee moves to the forefront with anti-transgender laws

Details: Conservative lawmakers nationwide introduced a flurry of anti-LGBTQ bills this year, but no state's political leaders have gone further than Tennessee in enacting new laws targeting transgender people. Lawmakers passed and Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed five new bills into law, consistently dismissing concerns that they discriminate against an already vulnerable population, that some of the

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Indian farmers protest agriculture laws near Parliament

Details: More than 200 farmers demonstrated Thursday near India’s Parliament to mark eight months of protests against agricultural laws they say will devastate their livelihoods. The protesters waving white, green and orange flags arrived in police-escorted buses from an expressway outside New Delhi where thousands of farmers have hunkered down since late November to voice their anger …

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Justice Dept.: Missouri governor can't void federal gun laws

Details: The Justice Department is warning Missouri officials that the state can’t ignore federal law, after the governor signed a bill last week that bans police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter sent Wednesday night and obtained by The Associated Press, Justice officials said the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause outweighs the measure that Gov. Mike Parson signed into law …

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Justice Department escalates warning to states over GOP

Details: “The guidances issued today describe certain federal laws that help ensure free, fair, and secure elections. Where violations of such laws occur, the Justice Department will not hesitate to act.” The first memo contends the Justice Department will scrutinize states that returned some voting laws to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DOJ says it's legal to mandate COVID vaccines

Details: The Department of Justice on Monday published an opinion indicating that coronavirus vaccine mandates are legal despite only being approved for emergency use. The judgment was brought to light as areas across the country have either mulled …

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Does the U.S. need a domestic terrorism law

Details: Existing laws make it hard to track domestic extremists “Federal authorities have had more success combating international terrorists than those with a domestic focus, reflecting legal limits on investigations of American political groups, the opaque and elusive nature of the threat, and President Donald Trump’s embrace of far-right groups

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A 70-story building swayed from side to side. Now China is

Details: It resembled a scene from a disaster movie. As the 70-story skyscraper swayed above them, thousands of people ran screaming through the heart of the major Chinese city of Shenzhen.. Footage of the May 18 incident outside the 1,167-foot SEG Plaza quickly went viral and the U.S. Consulate in nearby Guangzhou advised Americans to stay away from the area.

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US Supreme Court to take up gun rights case

Details: "The Supreme Court's willingness to take up this case is a reckless response to our nation's grief and could take us in the completely wrong direction by restricting commonsense gun safety regulation," said Hannah Shearer of the Gifford Law Center, which lobbies for stricter gun laws.

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Justice Department suing Georgia over restrictive voting law

Details: WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Friday that it is suing the state of Georgia over its recently enacted voting restrictions. "Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act

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U.S. House passes two Democratic-backed gun control bills

Details: The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a pair of gun control bills as Democrats seized upon a shifting political landscape that they said improved chances for enacting new laws after years of failed attempts. The first measure, which passed the Democratic-led House 227-203, would close a long-standing loophole in gun laws by expanding background checks to those …

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Oklahoma governor signs bill that offers protections to

Details: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) has signed into law a measure that provides protections to drivers who unintentionally injure or kill protesters while "fleeing a riot."The big picture: The legislation, signed Wednesday, also increases the penalties for protesters who block public roadways. Oklahoma is one of several states that has passed measures targeting demonstrators in the wake of last year

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Gabby Giffords calls on Congress to enact stricter gun

Details: Between the lines: The push to strengthen the nation's gun laws was thrust back into the spotlight in March after a pair of mass shootings in Boulder, Colorado, and Atlanta. Lawmakers scrambled to propose legislation that would enhance federal legislation. But, as history has shown, changing federal gun laws is one of the most polarizing issues in America — even now, while …

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Major blow to voting rights as Supreme Court upholds

Details: In a major test of what remains of the landmark Voting Rights Act, the US Supreme Court has upheld two Arizona laws that voting rights advocates argued have disproportionately hurt minority voters, a decision that will likely make it more difficult to challenge recent Republican-backed laws restricting voting access.. The court’s 6-3 decision could reverberate in legal challenges to sweeping

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Republicans' false history of Jim Crow

Details: Conservatives have expressed some odd thoughts on Jim Crow of late. Sen. Rand Paul recently told The New York Times that "The Jim Crow laws came out of democracy. That's what you get when a majority ignores the rights of others." Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently said that the idea of a coronvirus vaccine requirement was akin to "Medical

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What Fireworks Are Legal, Illegal In MD: Fourth Of July 2020

Details: Penalties For Breaking Fireworks Laws. Possessing or discharging illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor that can lead to a $250 fine. Selling fireworks without a permit is subject to a fine up to $1,000. Transporting fireworks across state lines is illegal, officials say, including after purchasing them in neighboring states such as Pennsylvania

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Supreme Court weighs voting rights in a pivotal Arizona case

Details: The Maricopa County Election Department counts ballots in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2020. Arizona's election laws are the subject of a pending Supreme Court decision. Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty ImagesWould you vote by mail if you had to drive hours to a post office to mail your ballot? That question confronts the United States Supreme Court this session in Brnovich v.

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5 states added to California's list of places where state

Details: 5 states added to California's list of places where state-funded travel is banned due to their anti-LGBTQ laws June 29, 2021, 8:53 AM California has added five more states to its list of places where state-funded travel is banned because they have laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said Monday.

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Stacey Abrams lists what’s wrong with Georgia voting law

Details: STACEY ABRAMS: It restricts the time a voter can request and return an absentee ballot application. - Right. STACEY ABRAMS: It requires that a voter have a photo identification or some other form of identification that they're willing to surrender in order to participate in absentee ballot process. - That-- if I can stop you, that's-- that's

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Texas Democrats leave House floor to block voter

Details: The big picture: Texas is the latest Republican-controlled state to push for stricter voting laws in the aftermath of baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election. Georgia and Florida have already enacted new restrictions. Voting advocacy organizations, civil rights groups and state Democrats have warned that Texas

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What talk of ‘abolishing the suburbs’ is really about

Details: Zoning laws have always had a strong racial component in the U.S. “What Trump calls the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream” didn’t just happen; it was created by government policies. The great suburban housing boom that followed World War II was made possible by huge federal subsidies. …

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AG Garland says the Justice Department will double staff

Details: Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday that the Justice Department will dramatically increase its focus on preventing voter suppression by doubling the number of lawyers in the civil rights division, in response to a rash of laws that have made it harder to vote in many states.

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Alimony deduction loss in Trump tax reform could create

Details: Alimony deduction loss in Trump tax reform could create rush on divorce deals. There’s a rush to nail down divorce deals by New Year's Eve. After that, divorcees in 2019 will help fund tax cuts for corporate America that were enacted by the 2017 Trump tax reform. On Jan. 1, alimony will no longer be tax-deductible by the spouse making those

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Georgia murder case tests whether a Black man can stand

Details: There are other instances of “stand your ground” laws being unequally applied. A Black woman, Florida resident Marrissa Alexander, 38, spent six years behind bars or confined to her home after her “stand your ground” defense was rejected. She was convicted of aggravated assault charges in 2012 for firing a warning shot at her husband

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