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  • A hazy ruling on abusive speech from the Supreme Court

    A hazy ruling on abusive speech from the Supreme Court
    In overturning the conviction of a man who posted violent "rap lyrics" about his estranged wife and others on Facebook, the Supreme Court on Monday rightly made it harder to criminalize hateful speech. But the decision stopped short of requiring that...
  • 'One person, one vote' should stay that way

    'One person, one vote' should stay that way
    Five decades after the Supreme Court ruled that legislative districts must be drawn on the basis of “one person, one vote,” the justices have agreed to consider a claim that representation should reflect the number of eligible voters in a...
  • Senate Debates Bill On Variable-Rate Electricity Contracts

    Senate Debates Bill On Variable-Rate Electricity Contracts
    HARTFORD —The Senate on Wednesday took up a bill to ban power generation companies from signing up residents for electricity contracts with variable rates. Senators talked through the afternoon, and ultimately agreed to put the item on the...
  • U.S. appeals court strikes down Idaho law banning abortions after 20 weeks

    U.S. appeals court strikes down Idaho law banning abortions after 20 weeks
    Three federal judges have unanimously struck down an Idaho law that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling by the U.S. District Court of Idaho, which also found portions of...
  • Pump your own gas? No way, says New Jersey Senate leader

    Pump your own gas? No way, says New Jersey Senate leader
    Don't go scraping off the "Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas" bumper stickers just yet. Two New Jersey state senators — soon to be joined by an assemblyman — are sponsoring legislation to end the Garden State's more-than-six-decade-long ban on...
  • New law to cost Kane County additional $200K in translator fees

    New law to cost Kane County additional $200K in translator fees
    A newly passed Illinois law will cost Kane County an additional $200,000 a year to provide interpreters for anyone involved in a civil case who needs one. Legislatures passed the bill, HB3620, this week and it is awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature....
  • The (hopefully) wobbly state of the death penalty

    The (hopefully) wobbly state of the death penalty
    Let’s take a count, shall we? With the state Legislature’s razor-thin rejection¬†of Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto Wednesday, Nebraska became the 19th state to formally abolish the death penalty -- and the seventh in the last decade. Others...
  • Senate Passes 'Yes Means Yes' Bill Targeting Sexual Assault

    Senate Passes 'Yes Means Yes' Bill Targeting Sexual Assault
    HARTFORD — The Senate, in an effort to tackle the problem of sexual assault on college campuses, passed a bill that would require college students to give affirmative consent before having sex. In other words, they would have to say or indicate...
  • Senate Passes Bill To Help Students With Dyslexia

    Senate Passes Bill To Help Students With Dyslexia
    HARTFORD — The Senate unanimously passed a bill that would help ensure that students with dyslexia are identified and getting the services they need, which isn't the case now, according to many parents and experts who testified at a hearing...
  • A political battle over loans to the military has DCCC criticizing Forbes

    Buried deep in the National Defense Authorization Act were a few paragraphs about a study --as well as some sharp political bickering --on consumer protection for military families. The issue was a review of proposed – but as yet not formally...
  • U.S. bill proposed to require breast-feeding rooms in airports

    U.S. bill proposed to require breast-feeding rooms in airports
    WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a new mother, has introduced a bill that would require large- and medium-sized commercial airports to have a private lactation room for nursing mothers in every terminal. "We would never ask our...