Government Regulation

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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Food and Drug Administration Announces Loosening of Rules for Approving New Alzheimer’s Treatments

March 14, 2013

“Drugs in clinical trial would qualify for approval if people at very early stages of the disease subtly improved their performance on memory or reasoning tests, even before they developed any obvious impairments. Companies would not have to show that the drugs improved daily, real-world functioning.”

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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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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Ends Bipartisan Gun Control Talks With Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

March 7, 2013

“Sen. Chuck Schumer is ending the bipartisan gun control talks with Sen. Tom Coburn without a deal, a major setback to President Barack Obama’s effort to pass universal background checks.”

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Increase Punishments Against Gun “Straw Purchases”

March 7, 2013

“But looming votes on the controversial assault weapons ban, prohibition on high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanded background checks on gun sales will draw strong opposition from GOP senators and will likely be delayed until next week.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Introduces Bipartisan Mental Health Background Check Gun Control Bill

March 7, 2013

“It does not address a second loophole in the background check requirements – the gun show loophole – which critics say provides an avenue for people who know they cannot pass a background check to buy firearms.”

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Transportation Security Administration: U.S. Passengers Soon Allowed to Carry Small Knives on Planes

March 5, 2013

“Starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board Swiss Army-type knives — specifically, ones with blades no longer than 2.36 inches.”

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Untied Nations: Colorado and Washington Legalization of Marijuana Violates International Drug Treaties

March 5, 2013

“The International Narcotics Control Board made its appeal in an annual drug report. It called on Washington, D.C., to act to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”"

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris Requests Funding For Prescription Drug Database

March 5, 2013

“Harris, whose office operates CURES, called for upgrading the database and establishing two criminal enforcement teams to investigate suspicious patterns of prescribing.”

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White House Responds to Petition Expressing Support For Cellphone Unlocking

March 5, 2013

“Responding to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, the executive branch stated, “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.””

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