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Don’t delay justice. Only legislation can end the injustices of marijuana prohibition, ACLU says

“Our lawmakers can stop the tragedy of unnecessary marijuana arrests, and they have a moral imperative to do so” writes Star-ledger Guest for nj.com. When the ACLU-NJ released a report three years ago analyzing marijuana arrests between 2000 and 2013, marijuana-related arrests were at an all-time high of 27,923 annually.For the ACLU-NJ, marijuana legalization is about racial justice, first and foremost.The only way to ensure racial and social justice remain at the core of marijuana reform is to pass marijuana legalization through the legislative process.The plan he announced, for the…

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Australia doesn’t want to ‘give ammunition’ to people smugglers

“The government is refusing to confirm reports it will take up ‘the New Zealand offer’, after securing Jacqui Lambie’s vote to repeal the contentious medevac legislation” reports news.com.au. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has warned the recent debate over the medevac legislation has shown “had Labor been elected in May, the boats would already have been back on the water”. Source: news.com.au

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Trump gets legislation to fund N.J. colleges serving minority students

“The U.S. Senate on Thursday cleared legislation extending a special program to fund minority-serving institutions, including 13 in New Jersey, for two more years” writes Salant Jsalant Njadvancemedia for nj.com. The schools receiving federal funds under this program are Bergen Community College, Bloomfield College, Essex County College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician University, Hudson County Community College, Middlesex County College, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Rutgers University-Newark, St. Source: nj.com

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A federal privacy law is starting to crystallize — but partisanship could still dissolve it

“After months of tinkering and negotiations, the outlines of a federal privacy law are finally starting to crystallize, but lawmakers continue to quibble over the details” writes Lauren Feiner for nbcnews.com. Enacting a federal privacy law has become a more urgent concern for lawmakers as California’s privacy bill is set to go into effect Jan. 1.Richardson said federal law could be more comprehensive than state law and ensure protections are in place in a timely manner.Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., at a hearing Wednesday aimed at discussing the proposals. “People are angry…

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N.J. insurance bill could turn back time to the bad-old days, former state commissioner says

“In 2003, when I took office as state commissioner of Banking and Insurance, the auto insurance market was in turmoil” writes Star-ledger Guest for nj.com. The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill that puts consumers at risk of paying more for auto insurance.Jim McGreevey and the legislature, we designed an insurance market that works for New Jersey drivers.The proposed “Bad Faith” insurance bill (A-4293) would undermine the strong laws and regulations that New Jersey implemented to protect drivers following 30 years of a dysfunctional insurance market.Phil Murphy wants auto…

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Bipartisan bill would let new parents draw on child tax credits doubled by 2017 GOP overhaul

“The bill would give parents the option to receive $5,000 from the Child Tax Credit upfront and then adjusts their tax credit to $1,500 a year for the next 10 years” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Asked whether Democrats oppose using the Republican tax bill to create the benefit, Sinema said people were looking for help and were less concerned about partisanship.Stefanik voted against the 2017 tax legislation. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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House overwhelmingly passes bill to sanction Chinese officials over abuse and detention of Muslims in Xinjiang, further spiking tensions with China

“The House on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation condemning human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in China’s autonomous Xinjiang region” writes Rosie Perper for businessinsider.com. Thomas Peter/Getty The Uighur bill follows legislation singed by President Donald Trump last week supporting human rights in Hong Kong. Source: businessinsider.com

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Twitter Making Changes Globally to Comply With Privacy Laws

“Reuters is reporting that Twitter is making changes throughout its platform in an effort to comply with privacy legislation around the world” writes Matt Milano for webpronews.com. The European Union (EU) passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year, one of the most sweeping privacy protection laws in existence. Coinciding with these changes, the company has unveiled a new site, the Twitter Privacy Center, in an effort to keep users informed about Twitter’s privacy efforts, as well as give them more control over their data.The company is aiming to…

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requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software

“MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The legislation signed by Putin said the government would come up with a list of Russian applications that would need to be installed on the different devices.The law has been presented as a way to help Russian IT firms compete with foreign companies and spare consumers from having to download software upon purchasing a new device.The…

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Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

“MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The legislation signed by Putin said the government would come up with a list of Russian applications that would need to be installed on the different devices.The law has been presented as a way to help Russian IT firms compete with foreign companies and spare consumers from having to download software upon purchasing a new…

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