Government Regulation

Exclusion of Assault Weapons Ban Upsets Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

March 19, 2013

““How many assault weapons do you need circulating?” Ms. Feinstein said … noting that her bill … exempted many weapons. “To have these mass killings is such a blight on everything that America stands for.””

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30,000 Websites State Opposition to Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Reintroduced By Congress

March 19, 2013

“Reddit, Craigslist and more than 30,000 other websites are flying the flag of opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, a controversial cybersecurity bill that was recently reintroduced in Congress.”

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Supreme Court Ruling: Copyright Law Allows Re-Sale Of Textbooks Sold Abroad (Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons)

March 19, 2013

“In a 6-3 opinion, the court threw out a copyright infringement award to publisher John Wiley & Sons against Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices.”

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Assault Weapons Ban Not Included In Senate Democrat Gun Control Bill To Be Introduced Next Month

March 19, 2013

“In a tactical decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., concluded that including the prohibition in the gun bill would jeopardize the chances for passage of any firearms legislation at all.”

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British Politicians Drafts New Code to Regulate and Restrict the Press

March 18, 2013

“The body being proposed by politicians would be independent of the media and would have the power to force newspapers to print prominent apologies.”

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New York City’s Appeal Of Soda Ban Court Ruling To Be Heard In June

March 18, 2013

“The ban, which had been set to take effect Tuesday, would have barred restaurants, movie theaters, food carts and other establishments from selling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.”

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New York City Lawmakers Override Mayor’s Veto to Enact Law Preventing Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed Applicants

March 18, 2013

“New York City will soon have the nation’s most far-reaching laws barring employers from shunning out-of-work job applicants, after lawmakers passed the provisions Wednesday over a mayoral veto.”

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) to Sign 3 Gun Control Bills Into Law on Wednesday

March 18, 2013

“The measures that Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper will sign also include a bill requiring universal background checks for gun buyers, and another that requires gun buyers to pay for their own background checks, said the governor’s spokesman, Eric Brown.”

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New York City Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Forcing Stores to Keep Tobacco Products Out of Sight

March 18, 2013

“Under the Tobacco Product Display Restriction bill, sellers would have to keep tobacco products hidden, in cabinets, under the counter or behind a curtain, except during a purchase by an adult or during restocking.”

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State Judge Strikes Down New York City Soda Ban at Certain Venues Including Restaurants

March 12, 2013

“The city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” wrote New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling, blocking the rules one day before they would have taken effect.”

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Former President Bill Clinton: Supreme Court Should Strike Down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 9, 2013

“Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays.”

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Small Town of Kennesaw, Georgia, Proposes Mandatory Gun Ownership

March 8, 2013

“People with physical or mental disabilities are exempt from the law, as are “paupers,” felons, and those who oppose gun ownership based on belief or religious doctrine.”

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Export Enforcement Coordination Center Created Under President Obama Causing Investigative Overlaps

March 8, 2013

“The E2C2, part of the Obama administration’s export overhaul, was established in part to fix the overlap and conflicting priorities among multiple U.S. agencies that try to stop equipment with military uses and other banned items from being shipped overseas.”

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Proposed Bill in Texas Would Increase Mobile Phone Privacy, Requiring Police Warrants For Location Information

March 7, 2013

“Further, the bills would require an annual transparency report from mobile carriers to the public and to the state government.”

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Federal Judge Strikes Down 2011 Idaho State Law Banning Late-Term Abortions

March 7, 2013

“Idaho is one of at least eight states that have enacted late-term abortion prohibitions in recent years based on controversial medical research suggesting that a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of gestation.”

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