Government Regulation

Utah State Senate votes to approve bill requiring parental approval for each visit to a tanning salon

February 22, 2012

“Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, said parents have a responsibility to learn about the risks posed by the ultraviolet light from tanning beds, which she warned is a known carcinogen and 15 times more dangerous than midday sunlight.”

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Virginia Legislature debating bill to require invasive trans-vaginal ultrasounds 24 hours before an abortion

February 21, 2012

“A bill requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion is poised to pass Virginia’s legislature this week, placing it on track to be signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.”

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McDowell: The United Nations is a threat to Internet Freedom

February 21, 2012

On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.”

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Brazil files injunction against Twitter to stop users from alerting motorists to police roadblocks, radar traps and drunk-driving checkpoints

February 18, 2012

“A request for an injunction to stop Twitter users from alerting drivers to police roadblocks, radar traps and drunk-driving checkpoints could make Brazil the first country to take Twitter up on its plan to censor content at governments’ requests.”

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The Obama Administration grants 10 No Child Left Behind waivers to states (Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee)

February 13, 2012

“The move gives long-sought leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. The law required all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014, but Obama’s action strips away that requirement for those states in exchange for a viable substitute plan.”

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House Republicans alter insider trading ban bill to ease regulation over “political intelligence”

February 9, 2012

“Republican leaders have deleted a provision that would, for the first time, regulate the collection of “political intelligence” from political insiders for the use of hedge funds, mutual funds and other investors.”

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Sea-Tac to join airport securities testing expedited screening for frequent fliers

February 9, 2012

“A test program that allows air travelers who voluntarily offer background information to zip through faster security lines without removing shoes, belts and coats will be expanded to 28 more airports, including those at Seattle-Tacoma, Portland and Anchorage, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday.”

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The Obama Administration’s crackdown on medicinal marijuana has coincided with rising public approval rating of the medicine

February 9, 2012

“Their tactics have included: raiding specific dispensaries and prosecuting their owners; filing civil forfeiture proceedings against landlords who rent their property to medical marijuana providers; threatening to federally prosecute newspapers and radio stations who accept ad revenue from medical cannabis operations; and, most recently, intimidating local lawmakers who have either enacted or are publicly supportive of cannabis oversight regulations.”

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The European Union using satellites and drones to spy on Farmers to ensure they don’t fraudulently acquire subsidies or break Common Agricultural Policy rules

February 9, 2012

“Farmers who claim more EU subsidies than they should, or who break Common Agricultural Policy rules, are now more likely to be caught out by a camera in the sky than an inspector calling with a clipboard. How do they feel about being watched from above?”

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Congress passes the FAA Reauthorization Act which orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015

February 9, 2012

“Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.”

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Americans’ dependency on the Federal Government has increased by 23% under President Obama, the most under any President since Jimmy Carter

February 9, 2012

“The conservative think tank’s annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were “traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families.” The two-year increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show.”

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The U.S. Constitution losing its appeal throughout the world for failing to protect “a right to travel, the presumption of innocence and entitlement to food, education and health care”

February 7, 2012

““The U.S. Constitution appears to be losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters elsewhere,” according to a new study by David S. Law and Mila Versteeg. The study, to be published in June in The New York University Law Review, bristles with data. Its authors coded and analyzed the provisions of 729 constitutions adopted by 188 countries from 1946 to 2006, and they considered 237 variables regarding various rights and ways to enforce them.”

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Following the failures of SOPA and the Protect IP Act, Senate Majority Leader Reid will lead his second effort of 2012 to push Internet-regulating legislation, now in the form of a new cybersecurity bill

February 7, 2012

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, following a recent anti-piracy legislative debacle with SOPA and PIPA, will lead his second effort of 2012 to push Internet-regulating legislation, this time in the form of a new cybersecurity bill. The expected bill is the latest attempt by the Democrats to broadly expand the authority of executive branch agencies over the Internet.”

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Former Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA): I wouldn’t have voted for Obamacare if I knew about the contraceptive regulation

February 7, 2012

“Dahlkemper said recently that she would have never voted for the health care bill had she known that the Department of Health and Human Services would require all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the “week-after” pill “ella” that can induce early abortions.”

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FBI: Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the U.S.

February 7, 2012

“Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday. These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens,” believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference.”

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