New Laws en Charlotte's proposed public safety zones face "constitutional hurdles" <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will write a "public safety zone" ordinance, which will propose excluding individuals arrested in certain neighborhoods from returning for up to a year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Courts New Laws Health & Welfare Law Enforcement Fri, 16 Oct 2015 20:05:00 +0000 67651 at Indigenous Peoples Day or Columbus Day? <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Activists for Native American culture have pushed for the second Monday of October to be recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day, and some of them have found success in such cities as Albuquerque, N.M., Portland, Ore. and Minneapolis.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement New Laws Health & Welfare Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:55:00 +0000 67601 at <p>An activist speaking at an&nbsp;indigenous people&#39;s protest against Columbus Day as a part of an Occupy Seattle rally.</p> Via Wikimedia Commons Alabama city officials seek to ban “saggy pants” and miniskirts <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An Alabama city could soon implement a ban on slacking pants, short shorts and miniskirts if two council members get their wish.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Law Enforcement Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:06:00 +0000 66991 at Via Wikipedia Chicago tax: cloudy with a chance of sunshine for tech startups <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A 9 percent tax on cloud-based and streaming services like Netflix has Chicagoans crying foul, but tech startups may receive a break.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Cloud Computing Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:06:00 +0000 65781 at <p><sup>Chicago&#39;s skyline. Image via Wikipedia.</sup></p> Some county officials won't officiate ceremonies post-same-sex marriage ruling <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The landmark Supreme Court ruling has moved some county officials to end marriage officiating in clerk's offices and courtrooms across the country.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Bonus Content Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:23:00 +0000 65661 at <p><sup>The Hickman County, Tenn., Courthouse. Image via Wikipedia.</sup></p> Indiana backtracks on religious liberties law amid harsh backlash <div class="node-body article-body">The political push back against Indiana's religious liberties law has prompted Governor Mike Pence to request clarification to the legislation's language. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:14:00 +0000 63481 at States challenge San Francisco firearm ordinance <div class="node-body article-body">Attorneys general from 26 states filed a federal suit against a new San Francisco ordinance that requires guns in the home to be kept under lock and key.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Public Safety Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:30:00 +0000 61251 at Five additional states allow same-sex marriage <div class="node-body article-body">The Supreme Court’s unwillingness to review petitions to reinstate same-sex marriage bans means Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin will allow same-sex couples to wed.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Administration Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:57:00 +0000 58501 at <p>States&#39; stances on same-sex marriages. Solid red indicates that state legalized same-sex marriages. Solid green states offer civil unions or domestic partnerships. Red hashed states have a court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage on file awaiting further action. White states ban same-sex marriages. Graphic courtesy of Freedom to Marry.</p> Voter ID laws could cause problems in Virginia <div class="node-body article-body">According to the Virginia Department of Elections, an estimated 200,000 people may lack the requisite IDs to vote in November's elections.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Administration Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:57:00 +0000 58341 at Drug war winding down? <div class="node-body article-body">A majority of states have passed laws relaxing drug policy enforcement to cut costs and reduce prison populations.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Laws Law Enforcement Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:57:00 +0000 53881 at