January 22, 2015 |
Privacy advocates say they welcome the Obama administration's renewed emphasis on enhancing data security and protecting identity-theft victims, consumers who shop online, and children whose schools sell their personal information. But they are worried by details emerging from the White House - especially by drafts of a proposed federal data-breach law that would preempt stronger state laws. Breach disclosures mandated by states such as California are a main reason why Americans know about major data-security lapses in the first place.
November 21, 2014 |
TRENTON - A decision is expected Friday on a lawsuit by the NCAA and professional sports leagues to block a New Jersey law that repeals a state ban on sports betting. U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp gave his time frame after hearing oral arguments in Trenton. Shipp previously granted a temporary restraining order sought by the leagues, which have accused New Jersey of trying to skirt a federal law that restricts sports betting to certain states. The state, however, points to language in a federal appellate-court decision issued last year that said New Jersey could repeal its ban. During Thursday's oral arguments, lawyers sparred over whether a law signed by Christie in October had simply repealed the state's prohibitions on sports betting or taken steps to authorize the practice.
October 19, 2014 |
A BILL to eliminate a little-known carve-out in state law that allows a person in a labor dispute to stalk, harass or threaten another person in the dispute is expected to die Monday when the House concludes voting this session. The House is not planning to vote on a Senate-amended version of House Bill 1154 during its final voting day. State Rep. Ron Miller, R-York, who sponsored the bill, and others have had concerns about the Senate-amended bill. Yesterday, he said it's "unfortunate" that the bill will die. "There should not be a loophole in the law. There should not be an exemption.
October 10, 2014
NEW JERSEY is heading to federal court this month in a bid to allow its struggling casinos and racetracks to offer betting on sports events. We wish New Jersey good luck, but most experts feel that the odds are against the state succeeding. States have broad powers to sanction and regulate most kinds of gambling, but a federal law passed in 1992 blocks them from making book on sports events. That is, the law blocks most states. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act provided exemptions for four states that already had laws permitting sports betting - Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana.
September 20, 2014 |
As investigators interviewed more witnesses and reviewed additional video footage of a Center City assault that sent a gay couple to the hospital last week, calls began anew for Pennsylvania to expand its hate-crimes law. A law enforcement source said that police were still taking statements from men and women involved in the Sept. 11 incident near Rittenhouse Square. The couple and police have said members of a group of 10 to 12 people hurled antigay slurs, held and punched the couple, and beat one man so severely he had to undergo surgery and have his jaw wired shut.
August 29, 2014 |
A FEDERAL judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed this year by Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. against the IRS, FBI and U.S. Department of Justice but allowed another part of the suit to proceed. U.S. District Judge Timothy Savage's order, filed yesterday, followed a motion by the government's attorney in Washington to dismiss claims in the suit and to dismiss the FBI and DOJ as defendants. Savage agreed to dismiss the FBI and DOJ as defendants because the time period allowed under the law to sue them had passed.
June 25, 2014 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' attempt to override Gov. Christie's conditional veto of proposed Hurricane Sandy "Bill of Rights" legislation Monday, a move Senate President Stephen Sweeney denounced as "sickening. " The bill passed both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature in March without a single "no" vote, but Christie, a Republican, conditionally vetoed it in May and sent revisions back to lawmakers. The governor said parts of the bill violated federal law and had "unquantifiable administrative costs.
June 24, 2014
SIGNE WILKINSON'S cartoon (June 17) illustrates the situation in the entire Middle East. I hope President Obama is smart enough to get us out of their problems. We didn't break it in the first place, as many of those who advocate American participation claim. Middle Eastern society has been broken for longer than the United States has existed. In the history of that region, peace has been a rare situation, always imposed by a government strong enough to prevent people who would otherwise be shooting each other from doing so. It can't be any different when the majority of people would shoot each other over religious differences that would be considered trivial by anyone who had any education that involved more than one book.
June 20, 2014
IN A RARE victory for common sense in the gun debate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal ban on "straw" purchases can be enforced even if the person who eventually gets the gun is legally allowed to have one. The 5-4 decision was written by Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote, voted with the majority. Kagan found that any other reading of the statute, which prevents someone from buying a gun for someone else, would gut the federal law. The case involved a Virginia man who bought a Glock handgun for his uncle who lived in Pennsylvania.
June 12, 2014 |
A YEAR AGO, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report, accusing the food-safety division of the agency of not fulfilling, or even understanding, its legal obligations where humane slaughter enforcement is concerned. Specifically, the OIG found that the USDA does not meaningfully attempt to stop repeat violations of the Humane Slaughter Act and that many USDA inspectors do not even understand what is required of them. Even when OIG inspectors monitored their actions openly, inspectors still did not understand or carry out their slaughter-oversight mandate.