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After Parkland, gun-control advocates see a turning point for new state laws

“One of gun-control advocates’ biggest wins of the year came in Vermont, the wild West of gun laws (there basically are not any)” reports washingtonpost.com. Since the Florida shooting, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence counts 55 new gun-control laws passing in 26 states.Gun-control advocates witnessed the most bipartisan enthusiasm for their cause when it came to restricting potentially dangerous people’s access to guns. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Mississippi casinos not ready for sports betting as laws take effect

“In Mississippi, sports betting revenue will be taxed at 8 percent by the state and at up to 4 percent by local governments” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. (Reuters) – Mississippi casinos won’t be ready to roll out sports betting over the weekend, when the state’s month-long waiting period on the newly legal form of gambling expires, Mississippi’s gaming commissioner told Reuters in a recent interview. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Sens. Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch: Mens rea reform and the criminal justice reform constellation

“Mens rea reform, in addition to sentencing and prison reform, is an essential part of the criminal justice reform constellation” writes Ap Photo Elaine for washingtonexaminer.com. We firmly believe that mens rea reform is an important piece of the broader criminal justice reform landscape.Together with the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which we both support, the Mens Rea Reform Act will improve fairness and clarity in our criminal justice system.By clarifying existing law and regulations, the Mens Rea Reform Act will ensure that our criminal laws punish the guilty…

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EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

“In order to put the Google Play Store on their devices, though, those manufacturers also have to include the Google Search app and Google Chrome, which of course uses Google Search by default” reports slashgear.com. Google, the commission complains, offers its first-party Android apps to device manufacturers in a bundle.In regards to the restrictions Google places on Android manufacturers, Pichai says these are “simple rules that ensure technical compatibility” and, in fact, give all Android devices the ability to run the same applications. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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Microsoft calls for better facial-recognition regulation to prevent abuse

“But it’s alarming that the head of such a large tech company is so removed from what tech is already doing today” writes Diamond Naga Siu for mashable.com. Microsoft is joining the movement for face-recognition technology regulation.In fact, Smith even seems a bit removed from the realities of how far face-recognition technology has come.So while this is a good first step at a national level for such a large technology company, there is clearly still a lot of work to do. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Facebook set to be fined maximum £500,000 by UK privacy watchdog

“That was the conclusion of a major report into whether personal data had been misused by both sides during the EU referendum” writes Andrew Griffin for independent.co.uk. Facebook is set to be fined £500,000 by the UK’s privacy watchdog after it concluded the social media giant broke data laws.The ICO said it sent warning letters to 11 political parties in total cautioning about personal data use, and notices compelling them to agree to audits of their data protection services.Personal information and political influence, the ICO called for the government to introduce a statutory code of…

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India should repeal laws that discriminate against leprosy patients, high court rules

“India should work to repeal harsh Raj-era laws that outcast leprosy patients and bar them from normal society, the country’s supreme court has said” writes Robert Tombs for telegraph.co.uk. Under the laws, sufferers can be segregated and barred from work, travel or education, while the disease is also judged as valid grounds for divorce.The supreme court comments mark the latest step in a long-running campaign to repeal a tangle of at least 119 archaic central and state laws discriminating against those with the disease.Campaigners say the laws dating back sometimes…

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Judge largely rules for California in ‘sanctuary state’ fight

“(Reuters) – California’s “sanctuary state” laws largely survived a legal attack by the Trump administration on Thursday after a federal judge declined to block state measures aimed at thwarting cooperation with Washington’s crackdown on illegal immigration” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Mendez in Sacramento largely sided with the state against the Trump administration, which was seeking an injunction to prevent California from enforcing the measures.The Trump administration has been battling many Democratic-governed cities over sanctuary laws.The law extended to the entire state protections…

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EU to target 3D printing in fight against counterfeiting

“3D printers could be subject to more stringent EU legislation after a European Parliament committee issued a call for new laws to prevent counterfeiting” writes Natasha Bernal for telegraph.co.uk. This week MEPs tasked the EU Commission to consider new legislation to protect creators’ copyright as the tech becomes more widespread.The 3D printing market in Europe, which could be worth €9.6 billion (£8.5 billion) by 2021, currently has no targeted laws and is covered by general intellectual property provisions. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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It’s Independence Day — and that’s all about executive overreach

“Specifically, the Declaration attacked centralization of power, disenfranchisement of the colonies, and executive power grabs from elected legislators” reports washingtonexaminer.com. President Trump’s extraordinary unilateral tariffs have been legal, but that’s because Congress unwisely ceded vast power to the executive on this matter.The executive needs to be limited to enforcing laws that Congress writes, rather than torturing legal logic to write laws that Congress never intended.His executive actions on immigration, likewise, amounted to legislating from the executive, according to his own arguments.To preserve the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, the…

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