Consumer Group Urges Senate Passage of Trio of Product Safety Measures
Consumer Federation of America says Americans will be safer if these bills become law. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) today applauded the Senate Commerce Committe's passage of a trio of consumer protection bills and called on the full Senate to act quickly to pass them and protect American consumers.
Real laws that show the ambition of Kentucky legislatures
United States law is modeled after common law of the United Kingdom. The Library of Congress (LOC), indicates that preceding the colonization of Virginia, King James I, guaranteed the colonists of “liberties, franchises, and immunities” possessed by anyone born in England in his 1606 First Charter of Virginia decree.
Massachusetts lawmakers consider issuing driver's licenses to "undocumented" immigrants and refugees
Massachusetts lawmakers are close to passing a law that would allow "undocumented" immigrants and refugees to get a driver's license. Nikita Kobrin (Canva Pro license) On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate will vote on a bill that, if passed, would allow immigrants and refugees who have not yet achieved US citizenship status to obtain a driver's license from the Commonwealth's Department of Transportation.
Where does Missouri stand regarding teaching sex education in elementary school?
New bills in Missouri Senate aim to change parents' contribution to their children's education. What age is appropriate for sex ed in Missouri schools?Note Thanun/Unsplash. What age is too young to discuss gender identity issues in the classroom? Fox News reported New Jersey schools plan to implement a 30-minute lesson for their first-grade students this week. The lesson is on gender identity, and many people are furious.
Florida Devoting $70 Million To Support And Educate Men To Be Better Dads After Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation
"One of the worst social trends is the decline of fatherhood" - Gov. DeSantis. Gov. DeSantis with his childFacebook Page of Ron DeSantis. On April 11 Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that will apportion $70 million of state funds towards initiatives that support fathers and promote fatherhood within Florida. The legislation under house bill HB 7065 - 'Child Welfare' - was approved during the state's legislative season.
Colorado prepares to be haven for women seeking abortions
(Denver, Colo.) The right to have an abortion is now protected in Colorado, weeks ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on a Mississippi law that restricts access to abortion. In Colorado, abortion is legal, but until now, the right to an abortion relied on the precedent of Roe v Wade. The state had no laws prohibiting abortion, but also no laws that guaranteed the right to the procedure.
Missouri House Bill 1462 passed 101-40 yesterday, allowing people with legally concealed firearms on public transit.
Missouri House Bill 1462 headed to the Senate allowing concealed firearms on public transit.Maxim Potkin/Unsplash. Missouri House Bill 1462 passed 101- 40 yesterday, allowing people with legally concealed firearms on public transit and in places of worship.
State Assembly Passes Legislation to Better Childcare Access, Affordability
A shot of Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski. The New York State Assembly recently passed two legislative bills aimed at making childcare more affordable and accessible for families across New York state.
State Sen. Costa pushes anti-hate legislation
According to an annual report by the Anti-Defamation League, Pennsylvania led the nation in 2021 in acts of extremist and anti-Semitic incidents. There were 488 reported in the Commonwealth last year. These include white supremacist events, dissemination of white supremacist propaganda, and anti-Semitic incidents involving violence or property damage.
Can metro Atlanta lawmakers rein in Wall Street landlords jeopardizing housing affordability?
Lawmakers must crack down on the exploitative practices of Wall Street investor landlords if there’s to be any hope for housing affordability in metro Atlanta, experts told Atlanta Civic Circle this week.
‘Divisive concepts’ bills elicit charges of censorship, fearmongering – and divisiveness
Schools in GA facing new legislationPhoto by Jason Sung on Unsplash. Lisa Morgan is facing one of the biggest challenges in her 23 years as a teacher in Georgia. It could cost her school millions of dollars if she gets it wrong.
City council term limits are a popular idea. But would they result in better representation?
Atlanta City Hall front facade and steps, Mitchell Street entranceRachel Garbus. Editor's note: The 2021 election prompted conversations online and in communities about if the Atlanta City Council should have term limits. Five longtime members of the Atlanta City Council either retired, lost their re-election, or lost their bid for higher office in city government.
OK teachers fleeing amid $10k religious lawsuit bill
Oklahoma Educators are Leaving the Profession as Republican Senator introduces $10,000 Bounty Bill. Oklahoma teachers are leaving classrooms at remarkable rates. 1 in 5 are reportedly planning on leaving the field, and 15% admit that they are already job searching. With an average pay of only $10.80 per hour, and now the possible chance to be personally sued for $10,000 by parents and be fired anyway, can you really blame them?
Oklahoma's minimum wage may be on the rise
Pennies on the dollar.Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash. Oklahoma’s hourly minimum wage is $7.25 and has not increased since 2008. It adopts the federal minimum wage, and since 1983 the minimum wage has been as follows:
Senate Passes Bundle of Voter Access Legislation
A shot of the parking lot at dusk at the Wimbledon Plaza in West Seneca, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski. As voter access and worries of disenfranchisement continue to worry the nation, the New York State Senate has passed a large bundle of laws to combat these concerns. Included in the legislative package are bills S.557, which amends election law to permit counties the choice to create two or more locations for portable polling places for early voting, S.492 which lets local Board of Elections establish absentee ballot drop-off locations, and S.253 which entails the canvassing of paper ballots when the express intentions of the voter are unambiguous.
New Legislation Aims to Better Aid Students with Disabilities
A shot of downtown Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently endorsed a legislative package with the goal of increasing support for students with disabilities, families of the disabled, and social services providers. Included in the legislation was bill S.2911/A.1953, which officially mandates that the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board give a report on autism detection, education, and mapping in New York state.
Environmental Protection Legislative Package Signed by Hochul
A shot of snowy weather taken along Route 60 in Cassadaga, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation that included eight different bills aimed at protecting New York’s natural environment. Legislation passed in the package includes S.0543/A.5082 which prohibits hotels from using small single-use plastic bottles for personal care products, S.4478-A/S.0528-A which prohibits the use of pesticides at children’s summer day and overnight camps, and S.2122-A/A.0160-B which expands the frequency and testing capacities for lead in school drinking water across New York state.
New Legislation to Further Improve and Study State’s Response to Pandemic
A math, science, and technology learning facility in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package aimed at further examining and improving New York state's response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, including legislation S.4962/A.5062, which improves access to New York state’s statewide immunization database for schools and requires the Department of Health (DOH) to allow every school access.