April 16, 2012 |
As the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 nears its time in the congressional spotlight, supporters and detractors alike are fine-tuning their arguments in preparation for another battle over how the Internet will be influenced by federal legislation. The core objective of CISPA is simple: Opening up greater means for communication between private entities and the federal government on issues of cybersecurity and national security. “Today the U.S. government protects itself using classified and unclassified threat information that it identifies from attacks on its networks,” a staffer on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said, introducing the legislation on a conference call April 10. “However, the majority of the private sector doesn't get access to this information because the government has no mechanism today for effectively sharing.” The points of contention reside within the details of the bill.
December 11, 2012 |
One day before Michigan's Legislature reconvenes for what could be the final votes on "right-to-work" legislation, President Obama criticized the effort to bar unions from requiring nonunion workers to pay fees, saying it would hurt employees' ability to bargain for better wages. Authorities were bracing for an onslaught of demonstrators Tuesday by boosting the police presence and planning road closures and parking restrictions around the state Capitol in Lansing. When the surprise legislation was rushed through the Republican-dominated House and Senate last week, Democrats angrily objected and hundreds of chanting union activists clogged the hallways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
Pershing Square, one of Los Angeles' oldest parks, may be getting a makeover. Councilman Jose Huizar on Tuesday named 20 business representatives, property owners, and architectural and design experts to a task force to seek money and legislation to redesign the benighted square in the heart of downtown. Task force members include Brian Glodney of Gensler architects; Melani Smith of Melendrez Design Partners; and Gail Goldberg, the city of Los Angeles' former director of planning.
May 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - At the state Capitol, no bill is ever dead. Even the most moribund measure can be resurrected and sent to the governor, especially if leaders want to pass something without holding a bunch of hearings. That's when a sneaky technique called "gut and amend" comes into play. That's legislative lingo for taking an idle bill, stripping its contents and inserting all-new language. In a flash, a bill that dealt with community college transfer students turns into one that eases environmental reviews to build a Los Angeles football stadium.
February 26, 2014 |
A bill has landed on the desk of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that local business leaders and others fear might cost the state next year's Super Bowl. Conceived by a conservative advocacy group and a Christian legal organization, Senate Bill 1062 would allow businesses to cite religious beliefs in refusing service to gay people and others. Brewer has until Saturday to either veto, sign or ignore it. The Arizona Super Bowl host committee joined the many groups against the bill. "On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential," the committee said . "We do not support this legislation.
November 12, 2009 |
In a huge financial gamble, Irish lawmakers are expected today to pass a bill creating a so-called bad bank that would pay the country's biggest banks more than $80 billion for troubled real estate loans. The bill seeks to end a crisis that has brought stock prices down 75% from their 2007 peak, sent interest rates surging and destroyed Ireland's status as Europe's most dynamic economy. Real estate prices have on average dropped 50% since peaking in 2007, and bad debts at lenders are surging.