Mayor de Blasio holds off approving police reform legislation following outrage from NYPD brass
NEW YORK — Originally planned for signature on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reviewing a package of police reform bills including a chokehold ban, following angry backlash from police department leaders who said the legislation would weaken cops amid a major spike in crime.At the end of a Tuesday public comment session on the police reform measures and three unrelated bills, de Blasio signed the latter but said he would approve the former “at a later date.”While the mayor often signs legislation immediately after public comment sessions — and he said Tuesday that the police reforms mark “a ...
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Miami AD Blake James urges college athlete endorsement laws to be extended nationally
The Miami Hurricanes are one of the Florida programs that could figure to see the immediate benefits of the state’s recent bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements beginning in July of 2021.While Florida schools could see a recruiting advantage come from such a law that has not yet been passed in most other states, UM athletic director Blake James feels this is legislation that needs to be extended nationwide.“I think we need to create opportunities for kids to legitimately capitalize on name, image and likeness,” said James on ACC Network this week. “In the state of Florida,...
Chris Reed: Ascendant progressives face three big obstacles
The emergence of a bipartisan consensus following weeks of protests about racial injustice — that police departments need either complete overhauls or major reforms — is a big moment years in the making for the progressive movement. Many Republican conservatives who once reflexively called the killing of unarmed Blacks “isolated acts” are now suddenly backing law enforcement reforms in reaction to a never-ending series of cellphone videos showing callous or deadly police misconduct — as well as fresh examples of police brutality at recent protests against, yes, police brutality.George Floyd’s ...
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'Sin taxes' could help states in pandemic budget slump — at least a little bit
WASHINGTON — Gas tax revenue plummeted this spring, income taxes won’t rebound anytime soon and some states are offering a property tax holiday because people can’t pay during the pandemic. But so-called sin taxes are rolling in as liquor stores boom, marijuana sales continue, vapers vape and smokers smoke.While not a huge portion of state tax revenue, sin taxes are a relative bright spot in a dark revenue picture. And some states are considering increasing those levies to make up some of the lost pandemic revenue.Taxes on those items often are more politically palatable because they generally...
Georgia governor signs hate crimes measure into law
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed hate crimes legislation into law Friday after state lawmakers brokered a compromise over the proposal after 16 years of debate over whether to extend protections to people who are targeted because of biases.The Republican signed the proposal at the state Capitol surrounding by bipartisan supporters of the measure, saying it was a step toward righting a historical wrong.“It’s a sign of progress and it’s a milestone worth applauding,” said Kemp, adding: “Frankly, it’s the silver lining in these difficult times and stormy days.”The proposal, House Bill 426...
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US House passes bill to establish Orlando's Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial
ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. House unanimously passed a resolution Friday that would establish the Pulse nightclub in Orlando as a national memorial site, four years after a mass shooting there killed 49 and wounded dozens more.“What Pulse is and what Pulse symbolizes is relevant to all Americans,” said co-sponsor of the bill, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando. “We honor not only the victims, but what they stood for, what they represent, and what our country could be and should be.”H.R. 3094 grants a federal designation honoring the 49 lives taken on June 12, 2016, as well as the survivors, first r...
House Democrats approve police overhaul as Senate stalls
WASHINGTON — The House voted on party lines Thursday to advance a sweeping police reform bill, with Republicans accusing Democrats of a cynical stunt and some denying racism is the problem.The bill — passed in a 236-181 vote — faces poor prospects in the Republican-controlled Senate.It aims to ban chokeholds, no-knock warrants and racial profiling, end the growing militarization of police, and dramatically boost accountability for rogue cops.“We’re tired of police violence in a country where the Declaration of Independence promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Rep. Hakeem ...
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Editorial: It's going to be a Clark Griswold kind of summer
If Americans took our national parks for granted before, they probably don’t anymore. Long weeks in COVID-19 lockdown, it turns out, have a way of renewing your appreciation for outdoor adventure. And with air travel and resort vacations in a holding pattern, many more families will be taking road trips this summer, Griswold family-style (minus, hopefully, the unfortunate death of Aunt Edna).The heightened appeal of natural places and the need for them may have even played a role in motivating federal lawmakers to overcome partisan divisions to pass legislation for all of us.Last week, the Sen...
Justice Department told de Blasio to work with Berman on NYC coronavirus guidelines hours before US attorney's firing
NEW YORK — A few hours before Attorney General William Barr first tried to fire Geoffrey Berman, the Justice Department told New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to work with the Manhattan fed on a gripe the administration had with the city’s coronavirus guidelines, underscoring the chaotic nature of his Friday night firing, the New York Daily News has learned.At 5:06 p.m. on Friday, Eric Dreiband, the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, transmitted a letter to de Blasio asking him to “reach out to Geoffrey Berman” about the city’s social distancing directives limiting religious g...
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Tennessee lawmakers pass 6-week abortion bill, in surprise move by Republicans
Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have advanced a controversial abortion bill during a last-minute vote just after midnight Friday.The passage of the so-called “heartbeat bill” came as a shock to Democrats, who had been assured that the measure would not be considered in the Senate.State Rep. Mike Stewart, a Democrat, said that the measure, “one of the most extreme, anti-choice bills passed in the United States, was used as a trade-off by the House Republicans to get some budget concessions.”Such serious legislation should not be used as a “budget bargaining chip,” Stewart told News Channel 5 ...
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