Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed SB No 1978 on Wednesday. The bill, dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill,” protects religious freedoms including membership in and support to religious organizations. SB No 1978 comes in response to the San Antonio City Council voting to ban Chick-fil-A from operating within the San Antonio International Airport because of anti-LGBTQ [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Tuesday aiming to simplify the review process of agricultural biotechnology. The Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products stresses the importance of maintaining public confidence in agricultural biotechnology while also promoting innovation and growth. To that end, the Executive Order aims to [...]

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The Illinois House of Representatives voted 64-50 in favor of the Reproductive Health Act (HB2495) on Tuesday. The bill will move to the Illinois Senate for consideration as an amendment to SB0025. As drafted, the amendment to SB0025 would repeal some Illinois laws, including the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban [...]

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A group of women filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging gender discrimination in the FBI training academy. The complaint contends that the FBI’s employment and evaluation techniques violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act [...]

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The Rochester City Council in New York unanimously voted Tuesday to approve an amendment to the city charter to include a Police Accountability Board. The initiative will now be added to the November ballot. The amendment would provide Rochester civilians with an instrument to oversee the police department as well as investigate police misconduct. The [...]

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Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday ordered the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s search warrants relating to Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump. The order comes in response to a motion filed by a group of media conglomerates seeking to compel [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Polk County District Court over Iowa’s recent enactment of House File 766. House File 766 prevents entities that provide abortions, or advocate for abortion rights, from receiving grant money earmarked for sex education. According to Erin [...]

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