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“Social media has created incredible opportunities, but also real and proximate threats to our kids, to vulnerable communities, and to American democracy as we know it.”

California state Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, regarding his authored bill that will require social media companies to publish their policies for removing disturbing content, with details on how and when they remove that content; the legislation is the first of its kind. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Tuesday, Sept. 13. (Associated Press — Sept. 14, 2022)

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  • Florida Education Association teachers’ union President Andrew Spar, regarding the state’s attempt to supplement the teacher shortage by inviting military veterans, even without teaching experience, to lead classrooms. The new law, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed on June 9, gives qualifying veterans a five-year teaching certificate and allows them to work as teachers while they earn their bachelor’s degrees; it passed through the state Legislature without any opposing votes. (Reuters — Sept. 13, 2022)
  • Diane Derzis, who owns the women’s health clinic Bristol Women’s Health in Bristol, Va., which had to move a mile from its original location in Bristol, Tenn., to continue providing abortion care after Tennessee banned the procedure. In many states across the nation, including Virginia, many are hoping voters head to the polls for elections over the next several years to change state policy and lawmakers to preserve abortion rights and access. (Reuters — Sept. 12, 2022)
  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s busing of migrants to Chicago. Pritzker explained that “Illinois is a welcoming state” but that the people who come to this country should be able to decide where they want to go, under the management of the federal government. (Heartland Signal — Sept. 8, 2022)
  • Michigan Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, ruling that the state’s constitution protects reproductive rights, thereby banning enforcement of the 1931 law that blocked abortion access. While there are still a number of lawsuits pending across the state regarding reproductive rights, many are relieved that their access to abortion is protected for the time being. (NPR — Sept. 7, 2022)
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