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              The Virginia General Assembly is considering three bills that would add legal protections for domestic workers in jobs like cleaning, landscaping, and childcare. The bills are focused on banning discriminatory practices, implementing safety standards, and requiring worker’s compensation insurance. Advocates say the current exemption for domestic workers dates back to racist Jim Crow...
    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills that could force oceanfront property owners to remove sandbags and heavy tarps that can significantly contribute to coastal erosion. Dozens of owners along Hawaii beaches have used loopholes in environmental laws to leave emergency measures in place for extended periods to protect homes, hotels and condominiums, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. Under...
    GDA via AP Images Fox Corporation is asking a New York state court to drop a $2.7 billion defamation suit brought against it by voting technology firm Smartmatic, saying its broadcasts after the Nov. 3 election were protected under the Constitution's First Amendment. Smartmatic, which supplied voting systems used in Los Angeles County, brought its suit on Thursday, alleging the...
    BOWIE, Md. — A proposed law in the Maryland House of Delegates could roll back certain protections for law enforcement officers. HB0151, sponsored by Del. Gabriel Acevero, D-Montgomery, would fully repeal Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. The law, which provides certain protections for officers under investigation for wrongdoing, has been heavily criticized for frustrating police-reform efforts. Recommendations for...
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    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago mayor: Schools, teachers union reach “tentative” deal over COVID-19 protections, potentially averting strike. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
            by Colby McCoy  Democrats have unveiled a bill that would limit Section 230 liability shields for social media companies, Reuters reported. The SAFE Tech Act, proposed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Mazie Hirono and Mark Warner, aims to hold social media companies accountable such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Twitter and Facebook for “enabling cyber-stalking, targeted harassment,...
    By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators are poised to finalize a fast-tracked proposal that will give a broad shield protecting businesses and others from lawsuits by people blaming them for contracting COVID-19. The proposal is a top priority of Republican legislative leaders and GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb even though supporters don’t point to any such lawsuits...
    Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) led a letter Friday with 47 other pro-life senators to pledge to Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) they will be unified in blocking any bill that undermines pro-life protections, including one that would attempt to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Daines, the chairman of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, said in a statement about the letter sent to...
    Senate Democrats introduced a bill Friday that seeks to rein in the power of a landmark internet law by allowing lawsuits to be brought against tech platforms for some third party content posted on their sites. The measure, introduced by Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate signals broad support for more targeted coronavirus relief checks Bipartisan group of senators calls for more...
    Taylor Swift sued by Utah theme park over Evermore album title Senate vote indicates more targeted stimulus checks for Biden Dying Dog Abandoned in Parking Lot Inspires Push for More Protections for Kentuckys Pets Ethan the dog is a survivor and a hero. © Provided by People Kentucky Humane Society On Jan. 29, the emaciated dog was found...
    The Biden administration said Thursday it was delaying a rule finalized in former President Donald Trumps last days in office that would have drastically weakened the governments power to enforce a century-old law protecting most wild birds. U.S. wildlife officials have said the rule could mean more birds die, including those that land in oil pits or collide with power...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it was delaying a rule finalized in former President Donald Trump’s last days in office that would have drastically weakened the government’s power to enforce a century-old law protecting most wild birds. U.S. wildlife officials have said the rule could mean more birds die, including those that land in oil pits...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s U.S. senators have proposed a conservation package that would protect thousands of miles of the state’s rivers from development. Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on Wednesday announced the River Democracy Act of 2021, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. It would add nearly 4,700 miles (7,564 kilometers) of Oregon rivers and streams to the National...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers wrangled for weeks last year before deciding to protect businesses and others from being sued if someone blames them for contracting COVID-19. On Wednesday, a state House committee agreed in a five-minute meeting to renew that protection for another year with no debate. Members of the House Special Committee on...
    Liberals are pressuring Democrats newly in power to pass net neutrality legislation, push for state-level internet regulations, and reinstate Obama-era Federal Communications Commission rules — the last of which they say is only a matter of time. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should treat all data on the internet the same and not discriminate or charge...
    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis took aim Tuesday at the country’s largest technology companies, which he characterized as a group of "monopoly communications platforms" based on how they have grown to regulate public discourse. Earlier Tuesday, DeSantis announced a crackdown on tech companies over content moderation, which he equated to political manipulation, reiterating a belief held by many conservatives that Silicon Valley is biased...
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin fired hundreds of members of Pentagon policy advisory boards Tuesday, resorting to a blunt method of removing last-minute Trump administration appointees, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Senate confirmed Austin as defense secretary January 22, and he is now cleaning house at the Pentagon less than a week later. His Tuesday firings hit appointees from...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eight Democratic lawmakers called Tuesday for an investigation into “potential scientific meddling” by the Trump administration in its rule to remove critical habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest. The group of federal lawmakers, led by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, says former Interior...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eight Democratic lawmakers called Tuesday for an investigation into “potential scientific meddling” by the Trump administration in its rule to remove critical habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest. The group of federal lawmakers, led by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, says former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt “appeared to unilaterally...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. CTA must help, not halt reopening of schools Opening schools should be a priority in California. It would improve students’ learning and mental well-being, and allow more workers to get back to their jobs. But the California Teachers’ Association is making it all but impossible...
    President Biden working for the people, not the powerful. “It has the potential to be the most significant action Biden took on day one.” That’s what Senior Policy Analyst James Goodwin of the Center for Progressive Reform said about the executive order called Modernizing Regulatory Review (MRR)—although he recognized such a statement might sound “absurd” given everything else the new...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — As the Republican-led Florida Legislature moves quickly to provide broad COVID-19 liability limits for businesses, some lawmakers say additional protections should be provided for “essential” and front-line employees showing up for work. Members of House and Senate panels have expressed concerns that workers who allege they contracted COVID-19 on the job aren’t getting workers’ compensation benefits. A...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills Friday, one extending a statewide moratorium on evictions for six more months; the other providing assistance to renters and some landlords. Last year, Newsom signed a law that banned evictions for unpaid rent for tenants who paid at least 25% of their rent owed after Sept. 1. That law was...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that extends eviction protections through the end of June. Newsom signed a law in 2020 that banned evictions for unpaid rent for tenants who paid at least 25% of their rent owed after Sept. 1. That law was set to expire on Monday, but the law Newsom...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed an emergency bill that will extend through June eviction protections for Californians suffering financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic, acting just days before an earlier moratorium was set to expire. Newsom’s action on the legislation followed the measure’s approval Thursday by the state Legislature and was aimed at heading off what...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday agreed to use $2.6 billion in federal stimulus money to pay off up to 80% of some tenants’ unpaid rent — but only if landlords agree to forgive the rest of their debt. The legislation, which Gov. Gavin Newsom helped negotiate and is expected to sign into law, is the state’s first...
    (CNN)Half of US states fail to offer basic protections for LGBTQ people, according to a report by the country's largest LGBTQ advocacy group.The Human Rights Campaign's State Equality Index examines state-level policies impacting LGBTQ people and their families -- protections like non-discrimination policies in employment, housing and public accommodations, for example. This year's report, which organized states into four categories...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday agreed to use $2.6 billion in federal stimulus money to pay off up to 80% of some tenants’ unpaid rent — but only if landlords agree to forgive the rest of their debt. The legislation, which Gov. Gavin Newsom helped negotiate and is expected to sign into law, is the state’s...
    Amid an influx of federal stimulus funds and the impending expiration of renter protections, state lawmakers on Thursday passed an emergency measure to deliver billions of dollars in rental assistance and extend an eviction moratorium through June. The passage of SB 91 clears the way for the distribution of $2.6 billion to landlords and utilities to settle at least some...
    SACRAMENTO —  Californians facing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be protected from eviction through June as long as they pay part of their rent under an emergency bill approved Thursday by the Legislature, just three days before an existing moratorium was set to expire. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will sign the legislation, which provides eviction...
    A patchwork range of nondiscrimination laws has left LGBTQ people vulnerable across the country. A report released by the Human Rights Campaign this week reveals an uneven patchwork of nondiscrimination protections that has left LGBTQ people across the country at risk. At least 25 states are bereft of key protections...
    Personal information collected during the coronavirus vaccine sign-up process would be protected by health privacy legislation introduced Thursday by Democrats seeking to allay fears of data misuse and encourage vaccinations. The bicameral Public Health Emergency Privacy Act, first introduced last year, is intended to safeguard people's privacy and health data by restricting the information the government collects and stores through...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police will be prohibited with cooperating with federal immigration agents, after the City Council on Wednesday approved a plan to remove loopholes from the city’s Welcoming City Ordinance. Aldermen voted 41-8 to approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to eliminate exemptions in the Welcoming City Ordinance that had allowed police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There is a new step forward for safe drinking water in Newark. In a proposed settlement submitted to a federal court, residents have secured safe drinking water protections from lead contamination. The agreement requires the city to finish replacing the pipes and ensure health protections for residents. RELATED STORY — Newark Gets $7 Million Grant To...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A proposal that would give Florida businesses that “substantially” comply with public-health guidelines broad protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by customers and employees has been approved by the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would not apply to health-care providers such as hospitals, nursing homes and physicians, who have been clamoring for protections since spring. Instead, the...
    A ready-to-pass COVID-19-liability bill could await Florida lawmakers when they convene in March for the 2021 legislative session. Companion Senate and House measures seeking to shield Florida businesses from “frivolous” lawsuits related to the pandemic already have advanced through initial hearings and could secure all three required committee nods in pre-session deliberations. Senate Bill 72, introduced by...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders have agreed to a proposal to extend through June protections against evictions for California tenants financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, an effort that would head off what some warn could be a housing crisis in the state, state officials said Monday. The proposal ironed out with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California would extend eviction protections through the end of June while using federal money to pay off up to 80% of most tenants’ unpaid rent, according to a proposal being negotiated between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s top two legislative leaders. The proposal, which must be approved by the state Legislature, would extend a...
    President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday evening that sets the stage for rolling out transgender protections. Critics reacted to the order with condemnation, insisting that allowing transgender persons to access bathrooms and participate in sports that do not align with their biological gender would infringe on the rights of biological women. “We’re going to see impact in...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With the stroke of a pen just hours after the inauguration, President Joe Biden took on immigration reform in a series of executive orders that could impact an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. So-called Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. as children, feel a bit more secure. Biden is calling for...
    Among President Joe Biden's first priorities on Wednesday was reaffirming the White House and the federal government as an outright ally of LGBTQ Americans. Biden immediately issued the most sweeping executive order to date aimed at providing protections on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and education.  “All persons should receive equal treatment under the...
    Days before leaving office, Donald Trump ensured that his extended family would continue to receive protection from the US Secret Service for the next six months, according to reports. The former president is said to have issued a directive to extend post-presidency protection to his four adult children - Ivanka, Don. Jr, Eric and Tiffany - and two of their...
    California courts are bracing for eviction cases to double over the next year as pandemic-related financial woes deepen for thousands of renters across the state. Landlords are expected to file 240,000 new eviction cases — twice what occurs in a typical year, according to estimates by state court officials. The projection takes into account the looming expiration of state...
    JFK’s inauguration was 60 years ago today: Look back at the days history-making moments CNN describes crowd at Trumps departure as the smallest of his presidency Biden moves quickly to restore environmental protections eased by Trump After he is sworn in Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden will set the U.S. on track to rejoin the 2015 Paris climate accords and...
    Historical monuments and statues in Britain will be granted new legal protections from “baying mobs” and the “revisionist purges” carried out by left-wing Labour Party-controlled  councils, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on Sunday. Mr Jenrick said that the change in law will mandate that all memorials, monuments, historical statues, plaques, and street names will have to go through an official...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to restore safeguards for a predator that is revered by wildlife watchers but feared...