Now that Wisconsin has allowed for residents to carry a concealed weapon in public, Illinois stands alone as the final state to object to legalizing concealed handguns, The Associated Press reports.
A recent addition to the smoking ban laws that have rippled through major cities was enacted in White Plains, N.Y., this week, taking away a smoker’s right to light up in parks, plazas, playgrounds and trails, the Lower Hudson Valley News reports.
Citizens in Tuscaloosa, Ala., worry that the recently passed Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act may hinder tornado reconstruction efforts, as Hispanic illegal aliens flee the State, fearing prosecution. The new law, touted as “the strongest immigration bill in the country” by Governor Robert Bentley, in part requires employers to use the Federal E-Verify system to make sure their workers are in the country legally.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center recently announced that it has obtained documents from the Transportation Security Administration, which raise new questions about the safety of the TSA’s full-body scanners.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently voted to approve a resolution backing President Barack Obama’s use of United States forces in Libya.
On June 27, the City Council of Eugene, Ore., caused controversy when it voted down a proposal to say the Pledge of Allegiance before its meetings. Instead, the Council approved a measure to allow the Pledge to be recited four times a year, around the major patriotic holidays: Independence Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.
Legislators have introduced 18 pieces of legislation during this Congress to try to cut or freeze their pay for 2013.
A U.S. Department of Justice investigation is intensifying the scrutiny of Arlington National Cemetery, which in already enduring ongoing Congressional inquiries. The Justice Department is conducting a broad criminal inquiry into the alleged mishandling of remains, fraud and falsification of records.
A new, $56 billion budget, which contained massive policy changes for the state, was signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich just moments before the midnight deadline June 30, The Associated Press reports.
The Minnesota State government shut down June 30 after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton was unable to make a budget deal with the Legislature.