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.
  • Business Standard

    Thawar Chand Gehlot defends Shivraj over SC/ST Act statement

    Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on Saturday gave a different version of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's statement on the SC/ST Act, saying the latter had said no arrest will be made under the Act without an inquiry. Gehlot's statement came after Chouhan came under criticism from the opposition for his announcement on Thursday that a directive will be issued shortly to ensure that the amended Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is not misused in the state. "The misuse of the (amended) SC/ST Act will not be allowed in Madhya Pradesh. Only after a thorough probe, a case will be registered under it. To this end, a directive will be issued shortly,"

  • California Takes Major Steps Toward Fighting Its Wildfire Crisis
    HuffPost

    California Takes Major Steps Toward Fighting Its Wildfire Crisis

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a round of bills Friday aimed at

  • U.S. Congressman Drafts Blockchain Development Bills
    Bitcoin Magazine

    U.S. Congressman Drafts Blockchain Development Bills

    The newly elected co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, U.S. Representative Tom Emmer, has introduced a trio of blockchain-focused bills in support of the development and use of blockchain technology and digital assets. According to an official announcement, the bills focus on fostering government support for the blockchain space, clarifying money transmitter regulations and devising a tax scheme for hard forked assets.A statement from Emmer reads in part:“The United States should prioritize accelerating the development of blockchain technology and create an environment that enables the American private sector to lead on innovation and further growth.”He went on to add that legislators need to do more by “embracing emerging technologies” and providing the regulatory framework needed for these technologies to succeed in the U.S.Resolution Supporting Digital Currencies and Blockchain TechnologyThe first bill expresses support for blockchain technology and calls for a “light-touch regulatory approach” so it can flourish. The bill also highlights some of the benefits of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, such as how it enables value transfer between users and the provision of financial services to those underserved by the traditional financial sector.Blockchain Regulatory Certainty ActThe second bill focuses on cryptocurrency miners, and clarifies who needs to register as a money transmitter in the U.S. The bill designates miners and multisig-wallet providers as blockchain entities that don’t require a money transmitter license to operate in the United States as they don’t control consumer funds.Safe Harbor for Taxpayers with Forked Assets ActIn the absence of regulatory guidelines, the third and final bill seeks to create a “safe harbor for the tax treatment of hard forks of convertible virtual currency.” The bill would shield taxpayers from being levied any fine by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) until such time as the IRS provides clear guidance on how such gains should be reported.Emmer’s proposals are the first blockchain-related bills to call for regulatory clarity and greater legislative engagement with the industry, and they come on the heels of Emmer's being named co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, alongside fellow Representative Bill Foster.  The Congressional Blockchain Caucus is a bipartisan group of pro-blockchain legislators “who believe in the future of blockchain technology, and understand that Congress has a role to play in its development.” This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

  • Utilities to Bill Customers for Settlements in Wildfires
    NBC Bay Area

    Utilities to Bill Customers for Settlements in Wildfires

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or other serious financial trouble for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The nation's largest utility by revenue faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year. "Wildfires in California aren't going away, and we have to do everything possible to prevent them," Brown said in a statement. The bill creates a special process for the 2017 fires, which caused more than $10 billion in insured losses, by far the most in state history.

  • Congratulations, Washingtonians, for defending open government
    The Seattle Times

    Congratulations, Washingtonians, for defending open government

    The people of Washington state deserve hearty congratulations for receiving the James Madison Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government on Friday. Their collective action demanding open and transparent government, including some 20,000 calls, letters and emails to Gov. Jay Inslee and countless more to legislators, forced Inslee to veto the Legislature's odious attempt to exempt itself from public-records laws that apply to other agencies. From the Palouse to Willapa Bay, from the Columbia River to the Canadian border, residents stood up and demanded that our elected representatives conduct the people's business openly. This fight isn't over, however. Lawmakers apologized, but diligence

  • Couple spend thousands on their dream home
    Daily Mail

    Couple spend thousands on their dream home

    A couple's dream home has been snatched away from them because of a legal loophole allowing developers to take the property from them. Kylie and Marcus put a deposit down for a property in Melbourne's Morang prior to construction three years ago to leave to their teenage children. In order to secure their three-bedroom house, which was due to be finished by the end of this year, they put down a $20,000 deposit, according to A Current Affair. But their dream was in tatters after their developer's lawyer contacted them to say they were implementing the 'sunset clause' - meaning the property was no longer theirs. The clause is intended to protect developers or the purchaser from being tied to a

  • Illinois governor vetoes bill to bar employers from asking applicants' pay history
    WPSD Local 6 Paducah

    Illinois governor vetoes bill to bar employers from asking applicants' pay history

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an amendatory veto of a bill that imposes a prohibition on employers asking applicants their salary history. The bill is aimed at eliminating the pay gap between male and female employees. In his veto message Friday, Rauner noted House Bill 4163 “substantially resembles” the bill he vetoed in 2017. He said he is committed to eliminating the gender wage gap, but he says legislation passed in Massachusetts is the way to reach that goal. In Massachusetts, employers cannot ask for a wage history unless it is part of the public record or the person is seeking another position within the same company. Employers can ask for a wage history after

  • Columbus Telegram

    GOP to Kavanaugh accuser: Reach deal or panel votes Monday

    The Senate Judiciary Chairman on Friday rejected key conditions that Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wants if she is to testify about her claim of sexual assault, and said his panel would vote Monday on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination without an agreement. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he was giving attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford until 10 p.m. Friday to come to a "reasonable resolution" or his Republican-run panel would vote on sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. "We are unwilling to accommodate your unreasonable demands," Grassley wrote.

  • Los Angeles Times

    Proposed home adjacent to historic Ard Eevin residence secures council approval

    According to a staff report, the previous project would have had a more significant environmental impact than the current one approved in April of last year. With no significant changes to the area since the MND was undertaken, staff said only an addendum to the original report was needed.

  • Rhode Island lawmakers signal opposition to Mashpee tribe bill
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    Rhode Island lawmakers signal opposition to Mashpee tribe bill

    A bill sponsored by Bay State Democrats that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation could be facing opposition from within the party and just over the border in the Ocean State. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., whose district is home to Rhode Island's gambling industry, is opposing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reaffirmation Act, according to a spokesman for Cicilline. Though it appears Cicilline has not yet formally written to party leadership expressing his opposition, he sent a letter signed by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo stating her opposition to the bill to every member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. This summer the committee held a hearing

  • ELL Teachers Are in Short Supply. Some Lawmakers Want to Fix That
    Education Week - Learning the Language

    ELL Teachers Are in Short Supply. Some Lawmakers Want to Fix That

    A group of Democrats in the U.S. Senate have introduced their version of a bill designed to address the national shortage of teachers who work with English-language learners. The Reaching English Learners Act would create a grant program under Title II of the Higher Education Act, the part of the law that regulates teacher preparation, to pave the way for colleges and school districts to develop curricula for aspiring ELL teachers. U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, who has emerged as an English-learner advocate on Capitol Hill, introduced the bill. Among the co-sponsors of the legislation  are U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California —which is home to more than 1.5

  • Lawmakers want to expand AMBER Alerts to US territories
    Engadget

    Lawmakers want to expand AMBER Alerts to US territories

    Two US lawmakers have introduced legislation that would help expand the AMBER Alert system to all territories, which include American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. "AMBER Alerts have helped save hundreds of children. There's no good reason for US territories to be excluded from this system," said Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), who introduced the bill along with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).