The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, passed late on Tuesday in the second and final third readings a bill that tightens rules for public gatherings and hikes fines for unsanctioned rallies.
It took over 11 hours of debates for members of the parliament to pass the controversial bill. With the required 226 votes to pass the draft law, 241 voted in favor and 147 against the bill.
Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement.
The Dutch parliamentarians have opted not to wait for the EU’s vote on ACTA which is set for June, with consultations kicking off already this Thursday.
“The treaty should be taken off table, whatever [...]
Over 700 students have been arrested in Canada during the latest night of rallies against tuition fee hikes and the adoption of controversial bill that is widely seen as a tool to limit freedom of speech, association and assembly.
Police in Montreal dispersed unsanctioned protests and arrested 518 demonstrators on Wednesday night. The arrests were also made in Quebec City, where some 170 were detained, and in Sherbrooke. There were no [...]
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview on Sunday that he opposes acontroversial bill moving through the Arizona legislature that would let employers restrict health insurance coverage of contraception to only those cases when a woman can prove a need for it because of a medical reason, such as endometriosis or an ovarian cyst.
The GOP-sponsored bill, which would put some women in the uncomfortable position of having to explain to [...]
Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed a controversial bill Friday evening that would have allowed school districts to drop sex education and required abstinence-only instruction in those that kept it.
It was a decision that followed pressure by thousands of Utahns on both sides of the issue since lawmakers passed HB363 last week. Utahns flooded the governor’s office with thousands of letters; more than 40,000 people signed an online petition against it; hundreds [...]
From Zero Hedge:
… Police said 150 shops were looted in the capital and 48 buildings set ablaze. Some 100 people – including 68 police – were wounded and 130 were detained, a police official said on Monday.
There was also violence in cities across the country, including Thessaloniki and the islands of Corfu and Crete.
Athenians were shocked at the burnt buildings that included the neoclassical home to the Attikon cinema dating [...]
by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor
This week, the California Senate will consider a previously non-controversial bill aimed at improving dental care for underserved children. After clearing its first hurdles with strong bipartisan support, the bill is now generating some pushback.
SB 694, by San Fernando Valley Democrat Alex Padilla, passed its first three committee votes with unanimous approval. The Senate Health Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee [...]
January 17, 2012
The founder of Wikipedia is leading calls for search engines and social media sites including Google, Facebook and Twitter to take themselves offline for an entire day in protest against a controversial bill winding its way through the US Senate that could have profound implications for the internet.
Jimmy Wales has called for a “public uprising” against the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa), which critics say will [...]
The drive to stop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) seems to be working. On Saturday, the Obama administration criticized SOPA for potentially ”disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet.” Now, The Hill reports that the controversial bill has been shelved. While SOPA was intended to go after websites that illegally offer copies of music, movies and TV shows, technology giants like Google, Facebook and Reddit have argued that the legislation will curtail innovation and freedom [...]
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
SOPA Is Unconstitutional, Would “Criminalize” the Internet, China Is the Model
Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe is one of the top constitutional experts in the country, and wrote one of the main treatises on the subject. Tribe wrote a letter to Congress last week stating that SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) is unconstitutional.
As the Hill notes:
Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert at Harvard Law School, argues [SOPA] violates the [...]
SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill giving illegal immigrant college students access to state-funded financial aid, the second half of two-part legislation known as the “Dream Act.”
The controversial measure, which passed the Democrat-controlled legislature on a party-line vote in September, represents a victory for immigrant-rights activists ahead of the 2012 presidential election. California is the nation’s most [...]
Public schools in California will be required to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans starting Jan. 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a controversial bill to add the topic to the social sciences curriculum.
Textbooks now must include information on the role of LGBT Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, though California’s budget crisis has delayed the [...]
The Wisconsin state AssemblyÂ on Thursday afternoonÂ passed a controversial bill that curtails most state workersâ€™ collectiveÂ bargaining rights, one day after state Senate Republicans used a technical procedure to get around the intentional absence of 14 Democrats and pass the measure.
Throngs of people upsetÂ at the developmentsÂ have been protesting on the grounds of the Capitol throughout the day.
The bill will reach Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for final approval. The bill [...]