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Having passed through the state Senate and House, the Virginia Clean Economy Act was signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam on Sunday. This act requires energy efficiency measures, sets deadlines for the state to become carbon free and amends the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act that requires Virginia to join the Regional Greenhouse [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overruled a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Texas on Tuesday, instead allowing executive order GA-09 by Texas Governor Greg Abbott banning most abortions to preserve medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abbott released this executive order on March 22 ordering that [...]

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The California Judicial Council held a telephonic meeting on Saturday to instate new measures for handling the hearing deadlines for individuals currently being held in jails in California. The state has mandatory deadlines to ensure efficiency in their jail system but is struggling to meet the deadlines with the COVID-19 crisis. The Judicial Council cited [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called Tuesday for better protections against the novel coronavirus by filing a lawsuit against US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the immediate release of at-risk immigrant detainees and filing an emergency petition in Massachusetts to reduce the number of people incarcerated. The lawsuit against ICE was filed on [...]

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A brief order by the Supreme Court Wednesday allowed President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy to stay in effect while appeals to the Supreme Court are filed. This overturns an injunction by the US District Court for the Northern District of California that blocked the policy, which entails sending some asylum seekers back across [...]

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Australia filed a lawsuit on Monday against Facebook for its disclosure of the private information of Australians in a manner that was a “serious” and “repeated” violation of Australian law. Australia is suing Facebook for violating the Australian Privacy Principles guidelines on the “se or disclosure of personal information.” Some of the alleged violations included [...]

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Ken Cuccinelli’s appointment as the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was ruled unlawful on Sunday by a federal judge for the United States District Court of Columbia. Judge Randolph Moss cited the appointments clause in Article II of the Constitution in his opinion, stating that the clause requires that any principal [...]

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