Legislative Branch

A legislature is a deliberative assembly with the authority to make laws for a political entity such as a country or city. Legislatures form important parts of most governments; in the separation of powers model, they are often contrasted with the executive and judicial branches of government. Laws enacted by legislatures are known as primary legislation. Legislatures observe and steer governing actions and usually have exclusive authority to amend the budget or budgets involved in the process.
  • wbal.com

    Gun control advocates call for new gun laws at rallies

    Gun control advocates rallied around the country on Saturday, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Northern California. Demonstrators in Providence, Rhode Island, where several dozen people gathered. Some held signs that said, "Disarm Hate," ''Enough" and "No One Needs a Weapon of War at Home." In Baltimore, activists organized a march. Protesters in Charleston, West Virginia, carried signs that called for changing Congress if it didn't change gun laws. Demonstrators also gathered in front of City Hall in San Francisco. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, announced recently that it planned to hold rallies

  • Lawmakers urge the FCC to seek public input on T-Mobile / Sprint merger
    Engadget

    Lawmakers urge the FCC to seek public input on T-Mobile / Sprint merger

    The DOJ only endorsed the deal after the carriers agreed to sell parts of their business, including Boost Mobile, to Dish. T-Mobile also has to give Dish robust access to its mobile network for seven years. The idea is for the cable provider to create a new industry player that will replace Sprint, which is known for offering aggressively priced promos to subscribers. In her letter to Chairman Pai, Senator Klobuchar has raised concerns about what would happen if Dish fails to fill the hole left by Sprint. Her letter -- backed by fellow Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Pompeo seen as GOP savior in Kansas Senate race
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Pompeo seen as GOP savior in Kansas Senate race

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be “off the table” next year, but many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to rethink a run for Kansas' open Senate seat. A top Senate Republican strategist who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity said McConnell has called Pompeo several times, promoting the Senate as a place where he could be involved in significant issues. For Republicans, wooing President Trump's top diplomat to run for Senate stems in part out of fear that a crowded field could lead to the nomination

  • O'Rourke visits Arkansas gun show after releasing gun control platform
    The Hill

    O'Rourke visits Arkansas gun show after releasing gun control platform

    White House hopeful Beto O'Rourke visited an Arkansas gun show Saturday to talk with firearm owners and vendors about solutions to tackle gun violence.  The visit comes one day after O'Rourke released a plan proposing a slate of gun control reforms and two weeks after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where O'Rourke represented in Congress from 2013 to 2019. “At the show, Beto listened to voters - including many Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016 - about their thoughts on gun safety. In order to make progress, Beto believes we have to meet people where they are, and not be afraid to have hard conversations with people who may not always agree,” O'Rourke's campaign said in a statement. The

  • House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad
    WTSP-TV Tampa

    House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

    WASHINGTON — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative ambassador abroad, an emissary for bedrock democratic values and the promise of stability that some see as diminishing in the Trump era. As the president heads to the Group of Seven summit in France next week with his "America First" agenda , Pelosi has been quietly engaging the world from another point of view. She is reviving a more traditional American approach to foreign policy, in style and substance,

  • The Uses And Abuses Of “Subject To Costs” In Employment Litigation (UK)
    The National Law Review

    The Uses And Abuses Of “Subject To Costs” In Employment Litigation (UK)

    There are many things about our jobs which we all find irksome from time to time but right up there for me (#firstworldproblems) is gratuitous use in legal correspondence of the heading without prejudice “subject to costs”. What this is supposed to mean is that the correspondence is intended to be without prejudice and so kept out of the Tribunal until a decision on liability has been made (so far so good), but that it may thereafter be relied upon in support of an application for costs. As we know, however, costs awards in the ET are (some say regrettably) very hard to obtain. Rule 76(1)(a) of the 2013 Constitution and Rules of Procedure Regulations says that you have to be “vexatious, abusive, disruptive or otherwise unreasonable” in the bringing or conduct of the claim, so this goes way beyond merely having a weak case or losing after the other side said you would.

  • Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd
    Associated Press

    Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd

    Some Massachusetts voters see Sen. Edward Markey as potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge, and one group is even trying to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy to run for his seat. Markey, a Democrat, has represented Massachusetts in Congress for decades — first in the House before winning John Kerry's former Senate seat in 2013 — but the state saw an incumbent lose just last year as Democrats elected more women and minorities. Ayanna Pressley defeated longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary and went on to become Massachusetts' first black woman elected to the U.S. House.

  • Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows
    msnbc.com

    Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows

    In the days after our chronically sleep-deprived country “springs forward,” costing us an hour of rest, disoriented Americans face a slightly greater risk of heart attack and stroke. There are more car crashes. Workplace accidents increase, too. For decades, most of the United States has observed daylight saving time, dutifully changing the clocks twice a year. But recently, many have begun to question the semi-annual switch — not only because of the potential dangers associated with it, but because staying on one time year-round could bring benefits ranging from the economic to the emotional, according to those leading the charge to “lock the clock.” “We don't have a good reason to do it. Let's

  • A tale of two classes of Ohio citizens when it comes to guns: Thomas Suddes
    cleveland.com

    A tale of two classes of Ohio citizens when it comes to guns: Thomas Suddes

    The General Assembly won't let your city or village fight Ohio's gun plague. But don't you try to carry a firearm into the Statehouse, where the legislature meets: That's forbidden. As to gun regulation, Ohio's House and Senate recognize two classes of citizens: First class is composed of the 132 Ohioans in the General Assembly. Second class is the rest of us – the other 11,689,310 Ohioans. In 2006, as noted last week, the General Assembly overrode then-Gov. Bob Taft's veto of a law that forbids cities and villages from regulating firearms. As usual, the Statehouse score was heads, gun-peddlers win; tails, Ohioans lose. Ohio's House and Senate are more than OK fettering Ohio's city and villages

  • Edo House crisis and the example of the Saraki Senate
    Vanguard News

    Edo House crisis and the example of the Saraki Senate

    Edo House The resolution of the Senate instructing Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation order to re-inaugurate the Edo State House of Assembly is an interesting dimension to what had until lately been seen as a political tussle. It indeed opens up a constitutional issue that until the life of the present 9th National Assembly had never been envisaged. To wit, the powers of the National Assembly to issue directives to a sitting governor. Even more, it also opens up a question as to the sovereignty of one legislative house over the other. Indeed, the drama unfolding between the 9th National Assembly and the 7th Edo State Assembly besides the gapping constitutional issues also raises

  • 2020 budget to be passed before December
    Vanguard News

    2020 budget to be passed before December

    …promise passage of Petroleum Industry Bill By Bashir Bello KATSINA – The Senate President Ahmad Lawan has on Friday assured Nigerians that the 2020 national budget will be passed before Christmas, this year. Lawan disclosed this while speaking with newsmen shortly after a visit to the Katsina State government house and after he conferred with Governor Aminu Bello Masari, his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and other government officials. The Senate President explained that the National Assembly is expecting the budget next month, September from the Executive Arm, which the ninth assembly hoped to deliberate and passed within two months. He said that the process would return Nigeria to the annual

  • Federal parties' privacy policies meet bare minimum required by new law
    BayToday.ca

    Federal parties' privacy policies meet bare minimum required by new law

    OTTAWA — The main federal political parties have developed and published privacy policies, as required by a new law, but none has adopted the stringent measures Canada's privacy commissioner and chief electoral officer say are necessary to protect the personal information of voters. None of the parties requires individuals to give meaningful consent for the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information, which the parties amass to help them identify and target likely supporters and the issues that move them. None allows individuals to see what information has been collected about them. Nor does any party promise that personal information collected, for instance, in support of a petition

  • Dustin Burrows resigns as Texas House GOP Caucus chairman amid allegations of targeting Republicans
    The Texas Tribune

    Dustin Burrows resigns as Texas House GOP Caucus chairman amid allegations of targeting Republicans

    Conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan has said he secretly recorded Burrows and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen asking him to challenge 10 House incumbents in the 2020 elections. State Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock has resigned as chair of the Texas House GOP Caucus amid allegations that he and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen planned to politically target members from their own party in the 2020 primaries. Burrows' departure marks the largest fallout yet since the accusations surfaced. On Friday, the caucus executive committee sent an email to members saying that it had "met and accepted" Burrows' resignation as caucus chair. The email, which also announced that state Rep. Stephanie Klick of

  • Former Nebraska speaker Flood to run for Legislature again
    SFChronicle.com

    Former Nebraska speaker Flood to run for Legislature again

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former speaker of the Nebraska Legislature is looking to return to his old seat. Mike Flood, of Norfolk, announced his candidacy Friday for the District 19 seat, representing all of Madison County and a part of Stanton County. Flood previously served in the Legislature from 2005 to 2013, and spent six years as legislative speaker. The seat he's seeking is currently held by state Sen. Jim Scheer, who is also from Norfolk and also serves as speaker. Scheer is ineligible to seek re-election in 2020 due to term limits. During his first two terms in office, Flood helped broker compromises in the Legislature on the Keystone XL pipeline and legislation to overhaul a state labor-relations

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

    Rand Paul makes first post-surgery appearance

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Latest on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first public appearance since his lung surgery (all times local): 4 p.m. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has made his first public appearance since undergoing lung surgery. The Kentucky Republican gave a speech Tuesday at a chamber of commerce luncheon in southern Kentucky. Paul answered questions from the crowd of about 100 people after his address. He talked about his recovery and fielded questions about a range of subjects, including gun laws and health care during a presentation lasting about 40 minutes. He stood the entire time. The former presidential candidate is easing back into public activities after the recent surgery that removed part of his