Legislation has been proposed that would implement nearly a dozen changes to state laws regarding protests, including charging protesters with a third degree felony if they obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest.
By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune | September 24, 2020
Legislators are talking with researchers in policing policy to develop new ideas, but finding answers on what to do is difficult because there is little data available. One initiative, decertification, is quite rare.
By Laurel Demkovich, The Spokesman-Review | September 23, 2020
As absentee ballot numbers increase and laws prohibit the early opening and processing of mail-in ballots, election officials are suggesting it could take up to a week after Election Day to reveal the winners.
The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners has passed a motion that aims to increase oversight of the department’s involvement in the 1033 Program. The goal: set boundaries because residents’ lives are at stake.
By Omar Abdel-Baqui, Detroit Free Press | September 22, 2020
Federal officials have given approval for Texas Central Railroad’s planned high-speed rail line that will run from Houston to Dallas. But many are opposed to the bullet train as analysis predicts that it could displace 235 homes.
By Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle | September 22, 2020
Gov. Newsom wants to increase the state’s climate change fight, which could mean increased costs for Californians. But, it’s unclear if they are willing to pay while California struggles with economic recovery.
By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee | September 21, 2020
The state will launch its pilot program for contact tracing to 30,000 participants and, if it proves to be effective, will make it widely available by December or early 2021. The system will be voluntary and anonymous.
By Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian | September 18, 2020
A handful of recent protests have involved enough violence and property destruction for some to claim they are riots. Legislators have proposed penalties and protections for those who might be affected by future incidents.
By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer | September 18, 2020
Lawmakers are considering making election law changes to anticipate the increased number of absentee ballots. Some of the changes would allow early ballot processing and expanded polling place options.
By Lauren Gibbons and Samuel Dodge, MLive.com | September 16, 2020
By 2050, Houston could save 148 lives and reduce health costs by $1.7 billion annually if the city switched to an all-electric transit system, according to a new report. Although a petrochemical hub, some believe the city can go green.
By Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle | September 15, 2020