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“The legislators are back, but returning duly elected lawmakers to their seat does not solve the problem.”

Bishop William Barber II, regarding the reinstatement of Tennessee state Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson after being ousted for their roles in a pro-gun control demonstration on the House floor. Barber and other protesters demand that lawmakers pass gun safety legislation and stop using their authority to trample democracy. Protesters carried several caskets symbolizing those lost to gun violence on Monday, April 17. (Associated Press — April 18, 2023)

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  • Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, regarding the shooting by a homeowner of Ralph Yarl, a Black teenager who was shot after he rang the doorbell to the wrong house as he was attempting to pick up his younger brothers. Yarl was shot twice, then ran to seek help for his injuries. Yarl’s family has retained Crump’s Florida-based law firm. (Associated Press — April 17, 2023)
  • Attorney General Austin Knudsen, urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that would ban TikTok from operating in the state, a move that’s bound to face legal challenges. The state House endorsed the bill 60-39 on Thursday; the Senate passed the bill 30-20 in March. If it becomes law, the ban would go into effect in January 2024. (Associated Press — April 14, 2023)
  • The Arizona House Ethics Committee, in a resolution that calls for the expulsion of Liz Harris, a freshman lawmaker from Chandler, for inviting a witness to present false charges about lawmakers and other state officials and then, allegedly, lying about her involvement. A two-thirds majority of the state House voted on Wednesday, April 12, to kick out Harris. (NPR — April 12, 2023)
  • Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, regarding red flag laws that do not have a mental health treatment tied to them. Gov. Bill Lee has called upon the Legislature to pass a law that would restrict people who pose a threat to themselves or others from having access to guns in the wake of the Nashville shooting last month. (WPLN — April 11, 2023)
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