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    A Dedham veterinarian will pay $15,000 to resolve allegations that he improperly stored, ordered and kept records of controlled substances, the US Attorney's Office for Massachusetts reports.  An investigation revealed that Wilbur Salter, II D.V.M., who practices at Animed Pet Hospital in Dedham, violated multiple Controlled Substance Act (CSA) provisions for keeping inadequate records of several controlled substances, the office reports.  “It is essential that all prescribers—including veterinarians—keep accurate records of controlled substances so that we can identify and prevent any diversion, especially in the midst of a rampant and destructive opioid epidemic,” said United States Attorney Rachael Rollins. “We will enforce compliance of these important safeguards.” While under investigation, Salter gave up his registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration. However, Salter continued to store several controlled substances at his home without registering his address with the DEA, the office reports.  “The DEA is committed to ensuring that all registrants are in compliance with the required regulations, which are enforceable through the Controlled Substances Act,” said Brian Boyle, special agent in charge of the DEA, Boston Division. “Failure to do so increases...
    Two Ohio Republican state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled the new Cut Red Tape Ohio website, which they say will serve to make the state’s regulatory process more transparent.  The site, developed in consultation with business leaders and the legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), came about via Senate Bill 9 which instructs state agencies to end three of every 10 state regulations over the next three years. State Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and State Representative Jamie Callender (R-Concord), respectively chair and vice chair of JCARR, announced the site’s arrival online.  Via Cut Red Tape Ohio, Buckeye Staters will be able to voice their concerns and experiences with state regulations that they find burdensome. According to the site, after someone reports a problem with a rule, staffers will confirm receipt of that inquiry, research it, update the reporting party, and inform them of any action taken in response to it.  “The website encourages public input as we work towards our goal of reducing all unnecessary, burdensome regulations on our businesses,” Callender said in a statement.  Gavarone said she...
    by T.A. DeFeo   Georgia touts its business-friendly climate, but some home-based businesses face another layer of bureaucracy: local government licensing requirements, a Center Square analysis found. Nearly 30 years ago, Georgia lawmakers passed legislation giving cities the power to impose business and occupation requirements, including taxes and regulatory fees. While lawmakers have revised the law, local governments may levy and collect occupation taxes on any business or practitioner with an office in the jurisdiction. The result is that many cities and counties require home-based businesses — an increasingly common occurrence in the “gig economy” — to have an occupancy permit. “It really does penalize the business owners who follow the rules and who are out there trying to do the right thing and dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s,” Beth Milito, senior executive counsel for the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, told The Center Square. “I think these municipalities are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Rather than them doing the work and parsing through what sort of business it is, they’re just doing...
    Share this: The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) has proposed new regulation on rent-stabilized housing that will result in thousands of apartments remaining vacant, exacerbating the affordable housing crisis plaguing New York City. The proposed rules would create a formula for setting rents on reconfigured units in rent stabilized buildings. In almost all instances, the new formula would make it financially infeasible for a property owner to engage in a reconfiguration. This means the units will remain vacant and unavailable for rent in perpetuity. “It’s unfortunate that DHCR has failed to notice that we have a massive lack of housing supply in New York City. That can be the only explanation for proposing new rules that encourage disinvestment in the operation of affordable apartments,” said Jay Martin, executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP). Six months ago, CHIP launched an advocacy campaign to highlight the growing problem of vacant rent-stabilized apartments (vacancynyc.org). The 2021 Housing and Vacancy Survey found that 42,800 rent-stabilized apartments are currently vacant and unavailable for rent.
    By Peter Valdes-Dapena | CNN Business California’s powerful Air Resources Board recently passed new regulations that essentially require all vehicles sold in the state to be electric, hydrogen-fueled or at least plug-in hybrid by the year 2035. What’s more, 17 other states have agreed to follow California’s lead, at least to some degree, in matters relating to air pollution, so many of those states could also adopt these requirements. A core part of federal emissions regulations since the early 1970s has been the so-called California Waiver. California, alone among all 50 US states, has the right to set its own auto emissions regulations. No other state can do that, but other states can, if they wish, choose to follow California’s emission standards instead of less stringent federal standards. The states that have followed California’s lead on emission standards tend to be more densely populated ones like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. But Nevada and New Mexico have also adopted them. Together these states account for well over a third of auto sales in the United States and about 40%...
    (CNN Business)California's powerful Air Resources Board recently passed new regulations that essentially require all vehicles sold in the state to be electric, hydrogen-fueled or at least plug-in hybrid by the year 2035. What's more, 17 other states have agreed to follow California's lead, at least to some degree, in matters relating to air pollution, so many of those states could also adopt these requirements.A core part of federal emissions regulations since the early 1970s has been the so-called California Waiver. California, alone among all 50 US states, has the right to set its own auto emissions regulations. No other state can do that, but other states can, if they wish, choose to follow California's emission standards instead of less stringent federal standards.The states that have followed California's lead on emission standards tend to be more densely populated ones like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. But Nevada and New Mexico have also adopted them. Together these states account for well over a third of auto sales in the United States and about 40% of its population. It's not clear that...
    Gov. Tim Walz spent a lot of political capital to adopt tougher new vehicle emission standards in Minnesota. In his first year in office in 2019, Walz announced Minnesota would follow California in requiring automakers to provide more electric vehicles for sale in Minnesota. Republicans have repeatedly bashed the decision to act unilaterally and, in their view, force EVs on uninterested drivers. It all came to a head last year, when Walz’s commissioner leading the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency resigned rather than get fired by the Republican-led Senate.  After all that, the regulations could now be short-lived — lasting just one year — because of a new move by California. Article continues after advertisement California has unique power to write its own emission rules, and other states can either follow California or adopt the federal regulations, which are less stringent. So what happens when California decides, as it announced last month, to dramatically change its rules by opting to ban the sale of most new gas-powered cars by 2035? States like Washington and Massachusetts have said, “We’re in.” Not Minnesota...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) called on credit card companies and banks to create a new code for gunmakers, claiming it will help better monitor transactions involving guns and ammunition. The lawmakers asked several top credit card companies, including Mastercard, Visa, and American Express, to create a new MCC, merchant category code, for gunmakers despite pushback from the companies in the past. Warren and Dean argued the MCC would "save lives." WAWA AGREES TO PAY $8 MILLION SETTLEMENT OVER 2019 DATA BREACH “Mass shooters have repeatedly financed deadly massacres using credit cards, and bank CEOs need to step up to save lives,” Warren said after sending letters to several CEOs. “Financial institutions and payment networks, such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, can and should do everything they can to help law enforcement prevent some mass shootings by identifying suspicious gun purchases through the implementation of this new code.” Dean said the regulations can help "better monitor suspicious activity." “By creating a new MCC for gun and ammunition retailers, credit card...
    CHELSEA’S astonishing summer spend has left many rival fans questioning how the Blues can do it. New owner Todd Boehly has sanctioned a recording-breaking transfer window which could yet see Chelsea break through the £400million barrier by tonight’s deadline. 2Fofana joined Chelsea for £70m but that cost will be spread across his contractCredit: Getty 2The Frenchman will cost just £10m a season until 2029Credit: Getty When Financial Fair Play rules mean clubs cannot make massive losses, it is unsurprising that some supporters cannot see how Chelsea can do what they are doing. But the reality is that football economics and REAL economics are not the same thing. Not even close. And that allows Chelsea to spend, spend, spend - and still not be in danger of falling foul of the regulations. Under current Premier League rules, Chelsea are allowed to lose £35m per season, while Uefa FFP regulations limit those losses to around £25m over a three year period. READ MORE ON CHELSEAChelsea news Aubameyang £6.5m plus Alonso AGREEMENT, Edson Alvarez £43m BID, Leao in talks But the impact of...
    Republican Virginia Gov. Glen Youngkin ripped a move by California regulators to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 – and fumed that his own state is tangled up in a law tying it to California's emissions standards. The governor, who took office earlier this year and is sometimes mentioned as a Republican presidential prospect and GOP alternative to former president Donald Trump, took on California's regulatory move on Twitter.  He also blasted his own state's lawmakers for tying the two states together. 'In an effort to turn Virginia into California, liberal politicians who previously ran our government sold Virginia out by subjecting Virginia drivers to California vehicle laws,' Youngkin wrote. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is slamming a 2021 law that ties his state to California's environmental emissions standards, after state regulators moved to ban sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 'Now, under that pact, Virginians will be forced to adopt the California law that prohibits the sale of gas and diesel-fueled vehicles.' 'I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians. California's...
    AR-15 style rifles are displayed for sale at Firearms Unknown, a gun store in Oceanside, California, U.S., April 12, 2021.Bing Guan | Reuters New Biden administration rules that put homemade firearm kits used to build "ghost guns" in the same legal category as traditional firearms went into effect on Wednesday, after federal judges declined requests to pause the change.  The regulations require that the main components used to manufacture ghost guns – the frames and receivers – be assigned serial numbers. They also require that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing, the components and that dealers be federally licensed to sell the kits and keep records of sales. The rules, which the White House announced in April, went into effect despite injunction requests from plaintiffs to stop the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from enforcing them.  On Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Peter Welte in North Dakota denied a request for a preliminary or permanent injunction as a part of a suit filed by a coalition of state Republican attorneys general, gun groups and a gun store owner....
    Lankowski argued that his organization and the people they help couldn’t wait that long, so they started building. "We don't have time to be sitting on our hands when we have these resources and the ability to help people," Lankowski said. "We don't have time to be waiting for politicians' inaction. So we just went ahead and started building." He stated that New Leaf bought land to build on because that's what they were told to do when another community they had built was demolished. Lankowski also told KNTV he tried to follow the correct procedures for zoning and permits. "And we ran into a dead end because there is no zoning. There is no zoning for what we're trying to do." KNTV notes that “there was no complaint filed by nearby residents or businesses about the tiny homes.” Instead, North Las Vegas acted on a search warrant that allowed code enforcement to "remove, demolish and dispose of all non-permitted or deteriorated structures." "It hurts. I'm sad and angry. All in all, one ball of confusion on ... why? I...
    "Ghost guns" seized in federal law enforcement actions are displayed at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) field office in Glendale, California on April 18, 2022.Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images With new federal regulations set to take effect on so-called "ghost guns" next week, businesses that sell the untraceable firearms are racing to offload inventory. The new regulations from the Biden administration are set to take effect Aug. 24 and will substantially curb the proliferation of ghost guns by requiring those who sell them to abide by the same rules and regulations as traditional gun sellers in the U.S. The weapons are assembled from kits and do not carry serial numbers. Authorities say they attract criminals and extremists. Their parts can be bought online or at a store as do-it-yourself kits, and their purchase doesn't require a background check. They can be assembled into working firearms in as little as 30 minutes. A spokesperson for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the new rule will "play a key role in preventing convicted felons,...
    by Bruce Walker   Three Midwestern states scored best in the nation in analysis of laws restricting speech about government. Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa outranked every other state by wide margins. That’s the conclusion of a report issued by the Institute for Free Speech, a national nonprofit research facility that focuses on First Amendment rights. Wisconsin’s score of 86% out of a possible 100% was followed by Michigan (77%) and Iowa (75%). New York’s 15% was worst, just clipping Connecticut’s 18%. “Federal campaign finance laws and regulations contain over 376,000 words, but as this Index shows, this statistic only scratches the surface,” IFP Chairman and Founder Bradley A. Smith wrote in the “Free Speech Index” forward. “Each of the 50 states has its own collection of campaign finance laws and regulations limiting the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and petition. Many of these state laws are poorly written, complex, or both.” The 10 criteria examined for each state include: • Laws on political committees. • Grassroots advocacy and lobbying. • Definition of campaign “expenditure.” • Regulation of issue speech near an election (electioneering communications). • Regulation...
    Washington (CNN Business)The Federal Trade Commission is considering whether to write sweeping new regulations that could restrict how businesses collect and use consumer data, hinting at a possible crackdown on commercial algorithms and a sprawling economy powered by the personal information of millions of Americans. On Thursday, the FTC announced it is accepting public input on whether to draft new data privacy rules, a prelude to a possible rulemaking action. The decision to solicit feedback, approved in a 3-2 vote by the agency's commissioners, reflects FTC Chair Lina Khan's aggressive push to curb what she has described as a "commercial surveillance" industry that profits from lax cybersecurity practices and weak restrictions on how consumer data can be collected, shared and analyzed. It also targets what agency officials described as a steady stream of data breaches that have led to repeated leaks of consumer information in recent years, along with businesses' handling of digital health data, an area that has come under increasing scrutiny following the Supreme Court's decision this year to overturn federal abortion rights. "Technological advancements over the last...
    (CNN)Trump ally Doug Mastriano's virtual appearance Tuesday before the House January 6 committee only lasted about 15 minutes and "he didn't answer a single question," according to a source familiar with the matter.Mastriano's attorney cut off the virtual appearance soon after it began, the source said. His lawyer, Tim Parlatore, took issue with several procedural matters related to the deposition, and raised questions about the legality of the subpoena that Mastriano received from the panel, the source added. Mike Pompeo meeting with January 6 committee on Tuesday, source says"We were there for 15 minutes. It was clear that the committee was unable to comply with the regulations regarding use of deposition authority and moreover has no interest in complying with the regulations," Parlatore said. "We're happy to provide the information if they can either do it fairly and legally or if we can reach a resolution on how to do a voluntary interview which minimizes the risk of election interference."Mastriano is the GOP gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania, and was a central player supporting former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn...
    The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division announced the new 2022-2023 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide, which has major changes and season clarifications, can be found online, on the Go Outdoors GA app, and in print. This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas (WMAs), quota hunts, youth opportunities and so much more. View the guide (or download) online at eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/ or on the Go Outdoors GA app. Pick up a printed copy at Wildlife Resources Division offices and license vendors throughout Georgia. MAJOR CHANGES: Chronic Wasting Disease Update: There are changes to the requirements for bringing harvested deer/elk/caribou/moose from out-of-state into Georgia, including only bringing back boned-out meat or products; hides with no attached head; antlers, skulls, skull plates, teeth or jawbones with no soft tissue attached; finished taxidermy products. Raccoon and Opossum: On private land, no closed season and no bag limit for hunting or trapping raccoon and opossum. Hunting season on National Forest lands and on most WMAs...
    by Jack McEvoy   The Senate voted to reinstate rules helping expedite the construction of energy infrastructure that persisted under former President Donald Trump, eliminating a final rule that was previously imposed by the Biden administration. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined a united Republican caucus to pass a Resolution of Disapproval in a 50-47 vote by using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify the Biden administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, according to Senate logs. The move will accelerate federal permitting for the development of crucial future energy, mining, and infrastructure projects. The vote will return the NEPA process to the 2020 Trump-era provisions that curtailed regulations, making sure that fossil fuel projects were only studied for their individual environmental impact and not for the eventual effects of the energy that would be produced by the infrastructure, according to documents. The Biden administration, which often prioritizes climate and environmental issues, found Trump’s reforms objectionable and finalized a new rule that neutralized them in April 2022. Despite the 2020 rule’s ability to expedite oil and gas pipelines, the removal of NEPA...
    Pennsylvania's updated law for tipped workers takes effect on Friday as the first update to state regulations for these workers since 1977. The new regulations to the Minimum Wage Act were approved earlier in the year by State Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. PENNSYLVANIA GOV. WOLF REINTRODUCES PROPOSAL TO PUT $2,000 IN RESIDENTS' POCKETS State Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier touted the new regulations in a statement Friday. "As a former service industry worker, I have seen firsthand how employees can be taken advantage of due to outdated rules and regulations when it comes to how they are paid," said Berrier. "I know that struggle personally, hoping you earn enough money each shift to make ends meet. These updated regulations not only seek to keep tips in the pockets of workers who rightfully earned them, but to also ensure employers are playing by the same, fair rules." The biggest updates in regulations come for tipped workers, who will be able to earn and keep more tips before...
    Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Aaron Gulbransen welcomed Senator Marsha Blackburn to the newsmaker line to discuss her recent op-ed that addresses issues surrounding rules, regulations, privacy and reforms for Section 230. Gulbransen: We have a very special guest on our newsmaker line joining us right now – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn. How are you, ma’am? Blackburn: Good morning. How are you? And I’m delighted to join you! Simon: Hi Marsha, it’s Roger. How are you? Blackburn: I am doing well, Roger. Always so good to hear from you. And keep up the great job writing. Simon: Thank you. But I gather you’re getting into my line of work here. I’m a little bit threatened. (Laughter) Gulbransen: Senator Blackburn wrote an op-ed, which is a great op-ed about a proposal being made by Google. And of course, you’ve had your run-ins with big tech that are well documented. And the proposal, as I understand it, that...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The crypto division of the online brokerage Robinhood will pay a $30 million penalty to New York state for failing to comply with regulations governing money laundering and cybersecurity, the state’s Department of Financial Services announced Tuesday. The department said an examination of Robinhood Crypto’s operations from Jan. 24, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2019, found that the company’s compliance with banking regulations had not kept up with its growth. “As its business grew, Robinhood Crypto failed to invest the proper resources and attention to develop and maintain a culture of compliance—a failure that resulted in significant violations of the Department’s anti-money laundering and cybersecurity regulations,” Adrienne A. Harris, superintendent of the state’s Department of Financial Services, said in a news release. Department of Financial Services officials said Robinhood Crypto improperly certified to the state that it was in compliance with transaction-monitoring and cybersecurity regulations despite its deficiencies in those areas. Additionally, the officials said, the company failed to provide a dedicated phone number for consumer complaints on its website, as is required. In addition to paying...
    by Jack McEvoy   President Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is placing new emissions regulations on coal plants to shut down the nation’s remaining coal-fired power stations, according to a Reuters interview with EPA Administrator Michael Regan published on Friday. The EPA will implement regulations on coal ash and ozone to further target coal plants’ carbon emissions and environmental pollution, according to Reuters. Regan’s strategy is part of the Biden administration’s ambitious climate plan to decarbonize the power sector in the face of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to limit the regulatory powers of the EPA. “We want to present the industry with a suite of regulations,” Regan told Reuters, adding that the EPA was undeterred by the court’s ruling and is “still in the game.” The EPA is ramping up the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and is also working on a number of other regulations aimed at power plants, such as specifications for the disposal of coal ash. Such regulations will force the American energy sector to switch to renewable energy as the extra waste-disposal and emissions-reduction costs...
    In mere weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to unveil a supplemental draft rule aimed at cracking down on the oil and gas industry’s rampant methane emissions. This rule, which sidesteps the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA ruling, provides a necessary advancement to 2016 rules that were rolled out similarly regulating methane emissions as part of the Obama administration’s ambitious climate goals. New rules could not come at a better time, given recent findings of rampant methane emissions in the oil-rich Permian Basin, where some fossil fuel companies are relentlessly polluting the region with nonstop methane emissions. Taking data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab project known as Carbon Mapper, the Associated Press found dozens of so-called “super emitters” located in the area, of which just 10 companies owned 164 sites responsible for major methane emissions. The Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute Director, Kassie Siegel, provided an eye-opening analogy to the methane issue: “If carbon dioxide is the fossil-fuel broiler of our heating planet, methane is a blowtorch,” Siegel told the Associated Press. It’s long been understood...
    The Treasury Department on Thursday announced the creation of a new Climate Data and Analytics Hub, aimed at providing data, software, and computing tools for regulators to assess the risks that climate change poses to the U.S. economy. The new pilot program will be overseen by the department’s Office of Financial Research, also known as the OFR, an independent office created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis to identify and investigate emerging financial threats. Its creation also comes less than a year after the Financial Stability Oversight Council identified climate change as an emerging threat to the financial stability of the United States for the first time. The hub will “allow participants to integrate wildfire, crop condition, precipitation, and other climate-related data with financial data for a more precise view of the relationship between climate change and financial stability risk,” FSOC regulators said Thursday in a fact sheet announcing the effort. Speaking Thursday during a meeting of FSOC members, Office of Financial Research acting Director James Martin said the bureau is “uniquely positioned” to...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit Monday against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which aims to stop the department’s regulations from making a school’s nutritional assistance dependent on its gender policies. “USDA Choice applies to beef at the market, not to our children’s restrooms,” Brnovich said in a press release. “This threat of the Biden administration to withhold nutritional assistance for students whose schools do not submit to its extreme agenda is unlawful and despicable.” In May, the USDA announced it was updating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Under the new guidance, state and local agencies receiving food and nutrition funds must update their policies and signage to include “prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.” The USDA justifies the action under Title IX and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision involving Title VII. However, the lawsuit, which Brnovich filed in a joined coalition with 22 other states, argues that the new guidance places unlawful regulations on state entities that...
    Bipartisan legislation for establishing regulations on certain forms of cryptocurrency known as stablecoins has been pushed back until after Congress returns from its August recess. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) announced on Wednesday that the House Committee on Financial Services would delay its release of legislation establishing regulations for managing stablecoins, a form of cryptocurrency that determines its value in relation to the U.S. dollar or other currencies, until after the August recess. INSIDE THE PELOSIS' HISTORY OF BIG MONEY STOCK TRADES "Although the Ranking Member, Secretary Yellen, and I have made considerable progress towards an agreement on the legislation, we are unfortunately not there yet, and will therefore continue our negotiations over the August recess," said Waters, the chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, in a statement. "It's critical that we continue moving the ball forward on this so we can have a regulatory framework that protects consumers while allowing for responsible innovation. I look forward to coming to an agreement in the near future and marking up bipartisan legislation when we return from recess." The...
    A federal judge said Tuesday a national horse racing authority cannot enforce its rules in Louisiana and West Virginia while a lawsuit challenging the organization is in court. In granting a preliminary injunction, Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty said the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Authority likely went beyond its bounds on three rules that went into place July 1. State and racing officials in those jurisdictions sued to prevent the federal authority’s new regulations from going into effect. HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus said the ruling is limited in scope geographically to Louisiana and West Virginia and does not question the organization’s constitutionality or validity. “Congress enacted HISA to enhance equine and jockey welfare and protect the integrity of this great sport by, for the first time, creating national rules and standards to govern thoroughbred racing,” she said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. “These measures are backed by research and informed by the expertise of independent and industry representatives. The reality is that the majority of racing participants support the authority’s mission to protect those...
    Fans at professional British soccer games who run onto the field or use pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will face an automatic ban from football clubs, according to regulations announced Monday. The new regulations come after multiple fans invaded the fields of the stadiums to celebrate titles, promotions in the leagues, or club survivals at the end of the season. Prior to the events of last season, the use of smoke bombs and pyrotechnics was a rare occurrence at sporting events in England, according to Reuters. DC SNUBBED AS FIFA UNVEILS 16 HOST CITIES FOR 2026 WORLD CUP Clubs will report those who violate the bans to law enforcement beginning with the start of the new season in August, per the announcement from England's Premier League, Football League, and Football Association. The ban could also incorporate parents and guardians of children who participate in such activities. “The rise in anti-social behavior that we saw in stadiums at the end of last season was entirely unacceptable and put people’s safety at risk,” Mark Bullingham, the Football Association's...
    (CNN) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a set of gun safety bills into law on Thursday that require more regulations on gun sales and dealers within the state as well as increased information sharing between schools and law enforcement agencies. The state — amid a series of high-profile mass shootings that have spurred a national conversation on gun ownership — has passed multiple new measures this month, including allowing for gun violence victims to file civil suits against companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes. READ MORE: Large Tree Topples Over On W. Benjamin Holt Drive In StocktonOne of the eight laws signed on Thursday includes a 10-year prohibition on gun possession if someone is convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Another law now requires schools to share information on child access prevention laws and safe firearm storage, as well as mandating reporting to law enforcement of any threat or perceived threat of a homicidal act. READ MORE: Thieves Are Targeting Farmers In Stanislaus County, Stealing ATVs And Tools“California has the toughest gun safety...
    By Taylor Romine | CNN California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a set of gun safety bills into law on Thursday that require more regulations on gun sales and dealers within the state as well as increased information sharing between schools and law enforcement agencies. The state — amid a series of high-profile mass shootings that have spurred a national conversation on gun ownership — has passed multiple new measures this month, including allowing for gun violence victims to file civil suits against companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes. One of the eight laws signed on Thursday includes a 10-year prohibition on gun possession if someone is convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Another law now requires schools to share information on child access prevention laws and safe firearm storage, as well as mandating reporting to law enforcement of any threat or perceived threat of a homicidal act. Related Articles California Politics | Letters: New developer | Fire management | Local government | Divest now | Independent...
    (CNN)California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a set of gun safety bills into law on Thursday that require more regulations on gun sales and dealers within the state as well as increased information sharing between schools and law enforcement agencies.The state -- amid a series of high-profile mass shootings that have spurred a national conversation on gun ownership -- has passed multiple new measures this month, including allowing for gun violence victims to file civil suits against companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes.One of the eight laws signed on Thursday includes a 10-year prohibition on gun possession if someone is convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, according to a news release from the governor's office.California governor signs law allowing gun violence victims to sue firearm manufacturers for damagesAnother law now requires schools to share information on child access prevention laws and safe firearm storage, as well as mandating reporting to law enforcement of any threat or perceived threat of a homicidal act."California has the toughest gun safety laws in the nation, but none of us can afford to...
    BANKS may be forced to reimburse scammed customers if new regulations are passed. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is assembling new regulations in the coming weeks that may require banks to pay back customers as scams have dramatically increased. 1Banks could be forced to pay back victims of scamsCredit: getty Many victims have reported scammers falsely representing themselves as bank representatives allowing the scammer to retrieve their banking information. The WSJ reported that though the guidance has yet to be confirmed or completed, it will most likely be connected to companies like Zelle, Venmo, PayPal, and other payment platforms. These money-transferring platforms have seen major growth in the past two years thanks to the pandemic. Zelle alone saw a 59% increase in sent payments, while transaction volumes increased by 49%, according to a company statement. Read More on PaymentsSAVINGS ADVANTAGE A $2,000 tax credit is available to Americans - who is eligible?NEW LIMITS PayPal is making major changes to its friends and family payments While users agree these platforms accept payments quicker...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — Stockton city leaders have approved sweeping new regulations that require residents to cut down on their water usage or face fines. The new ordinance means people must cut back by 20 percent. It includes no watering your lawn between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and homeowners being assigned certain days to run sprinklers based on their address. Also, swimming pools now can’t be drained or refilled until October. Violators face fines of $100 a day – and people can report them on the city’s website.
    Samsung, Hisense and Gigaset changed the transmission power of their devices that exceeded the limits of European regulations. After a formal announcement by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR), three smartphone manufacturers have changed the transmission power of their devices. Samsung, Hisense and Gigaset have decided to reduce the power of their terminals through software updates.“, according to a press release from ANFR. Compliance with European regulations The agency, which is responsible for regulating the use of electromagnetic waves specifically used for wireless telecommunications, checked the phones Galaxy Note 10 Plus (Samsung), Infinity H30 (Hisense), GS290 (Gigaset) and found values ​​exceeding the prescribed limits. By European regulations. These form Specific Absorption Ratios (SAR), which measure the energy transmitted by electromagnetic waves and absorbed by the human body. Measurements are taken in many typical situations, with the phone in hand, near the body or head. Read moreGood and bad vibes, truth from lies The update used by the manufacturers “Allows localization of DAS “Member” and “stem”Complies with regulatory limits of 4 W/kg (watts per kilogram) and 2 W/kg. The Samsung Galaxy Note...
    Baleen whales, such as this humpback and her calf, use low-frequency sound to communicate.Getty Images This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Noise pollution from proposed deep-sea mining could radiate through the ocean for hundreds of kilometers, scientists predict, creating a “cylinder of sound” from the surface to the sea bed. An analysis by scientists from Oceans Initiative in the US, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan, Curtin University in Australia, and the University of Hawaii, published in the journal Science, has found that noise from one mine alone could travel 500km (about 310 miles) in gentle weather conditions. Seventeen contractors with exploration licenses are looking at the possibility of mining the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), an area spanning 4.5 million square kilometers between Mexico and Hawaii, which has abundant mineral-rich lumps known as polymetallic nodules. Scientists estimated the noise impact if each of these mining companies launched one mine in the CCZ. They found that noise levels in a radius of 4-6km from each mine could exceed thresholds...
    by Joe Mueller   Twelve attorneys general filed an opening brief Friday in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for changes made this year to energy and water efficiency standards for dishwashers and washing machines. “These arbitrary washing machine regulations are unlawful, ineffective, and absolutely ridiculous,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, co-leader of a suit in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals against the DOE and Secretary Jennifer Granholm, said in a statement. “They should be hung out to dry as soon as possible.” The DOE regulates energy efficiency and water conservation in products through the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). In 2020, new rules were implemented after consumers complained dishwashers and washing machines ran poorly because of DOE regulations. Previous regulations required appliances to run slower to be more energy efficient. However, no energy was saved as consumers often ran their machines twice to attain adequate cleaning results. In February, the DOE instituted the “Energy Conservation Program: Product Classes for Residential Dishwashers, Residential Clothes Washers, and Consumer Clothes Dryers.” It replaced the 2020 regulations and with...
    A top Federal Reserve official is calling for additional regulations on cryptocurrency weeks after the market saw a historic drop in value. Fed Vice Chairwoman Lael Brainard stated during an appearance at the Bank of England Conference in London that she wants to see increased regulations in the crypto industry after the recent market collapse among some of the largest stablecoins — that is, tokens whose value is tied to some reference point, such as a currency or a financial instrument. "This is the right time to establish which crypto activities are permissible for regulated entities and under what constraints so that spillovers to the core financial system remain well contained," Brainard told the conference audience. BANKER QUITS HSBC AFTER QUESTIONING CLIMATE RISKS She also noted that the Fed was watching the market in light of the recent losses. "We are closely monitoring recent events where risks in the system have crystallized, and many crypto investors have suffered losses. Despite significant investor losses, the crypto financial system does not yet appear to be so large or...
    This week, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released proposed regulations that would expand and improve the major student loan discharge programs authorized by the Higher Education Act: The regulations propose to alleviate student loan debt burdens for borrowers whose schools closed or lied to them, who are totally and permanently disabled, and for public service workers who have met their commitments under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The regulations also propose stopping many instances of interest capitalization, which occur when unpaid interest is added to a borrower’s principal balance, increasing the total amount they owe. Finally, the regulations propose to give borrowers their day in court if they have disputes with their colleges. Today’s proposals build upon the work the Biden-Harris Administration has already done to improve the student loan program, make college more affordable, and deliver tens of billions of dollars in relief to over one million student loan borrowers across the country. “We are committed to fixing a broken system. If a borrower qualifies for...
    The European Union has passed two bills to rein in Big Tech. The European Parliament voted Tuesday to approve the Digital Services Act and the Digital Market Act, two bills that would impose new requirements on Big Tech companies to monitor and take down illegal content, give competitors an equal chance in the marketplace, and force them to be more transparent about their content moderation and algorithms. This legislation will provide "better protection & more choice for online users in [the European Union], fair & open single market, more transparent & accountable platforms," according to the Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. COSMONAUTS ABOARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CELEBRATE 'LIBERATION' OF UKRAINIAN TERRITORY ???? Digital Services Act & Digital Markets Act were just adopted by #EPlenary! Better protection & more choice for online users in ????????, fair & open single market, more transparent & accountable platforms. Vote results☑️DSA ➡️ 539/54/30☑️DMA ➡️ 588/11/31 pic.twitter.com/QLiIn5fFsV— IMCO Committee Press (@EP_SingleMarket) July 5, 2022 The DMA will lay down "clear rules" regarding the conditions that "gatekeepers" can impose...
    In the days since the Biden administration announced plans to expand Title IX’s federal protection to include sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time, local advocates and allies of the Bay Area’s young LGBTQ+ community are preparing to push for even more. “Oh my god. I’m so excited Betsy Devos’ stupid policies will be removed!” said Gabrielle Antolovich, board president of the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center in San Jose, when they heard the news on June 23. Antolovich was referring to the former U.S. education secretary who acted to limit the reach of anti-discrimination rules. The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations would amend Title IX, a sweeping federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools or educational programs that receive federal money. When it was written in 1972, it was intended to prevent discrimination against women and girls, but the new regulations would prohibit all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, sex characteristics, sex stereotypes and pregnancy in federally-funded schools. Emma Grasso-Levine, Oakland-based manager of the national group Advocate for...
    LONDON (AP) — Breakfast food giant Kellogg Co. lost a legal bid Monday to block new anti-obesity measures in England banning the promotion of sugary cereals. The U.S. company that makes Coco Pops, Frosted Flakes, Frosties and Rice Krispies had challenged the U.K. government over regulations taking effect in October restricting the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar or salt. A High Court judge rejected the company’s argument that the regulations don’t take into account the nutritional value of milk added to cereal. Judge Thomas Linden said that mixing a breakfast cereal that’s high in sugar with milk does not change the fact that it’s high in sugar. Kellogg’s argument that its cereals like Crunchy Nut Clusters and Milk Chocolate Curls “somehow become healthy products if they are consumed with milk is wholly unconvincing, as the addition of milk does not alter the nutritional profile of the products themselves,” the judge wrote. Under the regulations, unhealthy foods will be banned from high-profile locations in supermarkets such as checkouts, shop entrances and aisle ends. There will...
    Governor Glenn Youngkin signed Executive Order 19 and created a new Office of Regulatory Management (ORM) on Thursday, with the goal of reducing Virginia’s regulation. He tapped his advisor Andrew Wheeler to lead the office. “Last year, I pledged to Virginians that we would remove 25 percent of the regulatory requirements in the Commonwealth. In the spirit of this objective, we have created the Office of Regulatory Management, led by Andrew Wheeler, which will create much needed transparency and efficiency in Virginia’s regulatory process to ensure that we have a government that works for the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Youngkin said in a press release. Wheeler served as the EPA administrator under former President Donald Trump, and Virginia Senate Democrats blocked Youngkin’s appointment of Wheeler as Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) was key in blocking confirmation of that appointment. On Friday, he told The Virginia Star that Wheeler’s new role doesn’t require confirmation by the General Assembly. “I don’t trust Mr. Wheeler to look out for the protection of Virginia’s environment or to protect Virginians...
    Today the Supreme Court—again, with the 6 Republican appointees on one side and the 3 Democratic appointees on the other—limited the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. This ruling deals a major blow to America's (and the world's) efforts to address climate change. Also—as with its decision reversing Roe v. Wade—today's ruling has far larger implications than the EPA and the environment. West Virginia v. EPA is the latest battle pitting America's big businesses (in this case Big Oil) against the needs of average Americans. In this Supreme Court—containing three Trump appointees, two George W. Bush appointees, and one George H.W. Bush appointee—big business is winning big time. The financial backers of the Republican Party are getting exactly what they paid for. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts admitted that "capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible 'solution to the crisis of the day.'" But then came the kicker: "But it is not plausible,"...
    The European Union has become the first major economy to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for managing cryptocurrency assets. If cryptocurrency companies wish to operate in the EU, they will need to get a license and customer safeguards to issue and sell digital tokens, according to a new deal passed late on Thursday by the European Parliament and EU states. BIDEN RUNS RISK OF LOOKING OUT OF TOUCH ON GAS PRICES "Today we put order in the Wild West of crypto assets and set clear rules for a harmonized market," said Stefan Berger, a German lawmaker who led negotiations on the new Markets in Crypto-Assets law. "The recent fall in the value of digital currencies shows us how highly risky and speculative they are and that it is fundamental to act," Berger added, referencing the recent slump in cryptocurrency prices. The EU's regulations are the first for the cryptocurrency market and will come into effect at the end of 2023. All companies that issue digital tokens or cryptocurrency tokens will be required to have a "passport"...
    In an interview with The Tennessee Star, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn shared her jubilance at the victory won by pro-life advocates when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and looked at the path forward for the state legislatures as they tackle the question of what limits to impose on abortion. “First of all the overturning of Roe, setting that aside, is something that is a victory for all the pro-life volunteers that have worked tirelessly for decades. They have worked to create a culture of life. They have worked to educate people,” she said. “They have shown how science is on the side of life, when you can see a baby develop through a sonogram. They have put a lot of effort into that and I have been so pleased to support them in these efforts. I’m just so pleased that they have seen victory come from their many, many years of hard work. They should celebrate that,” she added. Senator Blackburn talked about what the overturning of Roe v. Wade really does and what to look at...
    The appointment of three new Supreme Court justices has resulted in a dismantling of what we thought our rights and laws were. It turns out they're whatever a handful of handpicked partisan extremists say they are—and will be something different tomorrow. The Supreme Court continued to dismantle the very foundations of civil rights and government with a new ruling today claiming that government agencies cannot pass regulations touching on "major questions" if Congress has not written a law authorizing those specific regulations. What counts as a "major question?" Whatever six archconservative Supreme Court justices handpicked for their hostility toward regulations declare to be one, that's what. Originalism! Also in our garbage news cycle of a garbage week on a rapidly decaying planet, the Biden White House asks Lucy to please hold the football again, Republicanism's paramilitary thugs yet again storm a kids' library event, and the Supreme Court agrees to take up a case declaring that elections themselves are optional in Republican-held states. The now far-right Supreme Court seems to have a very specific plan in mind now, and it will...
    LONDON (AP) — The European Union has agreed on new rules subjecting cryptocurrency transfers to the same money-laundering rules as traditional banking transfers. EU negotiators signed a provisional agreement late Wednesday for the 27-nation bloc’s first rules on tracing transfers of crypto assets like bitcoin, which is aimed at clamping down on illicit transfers and blocking suspicious transactions. When a crypto asset changes hands, information on both the source and the beneficiary would have to be stored on both sides of the transfer, according to the new rules. Crypto companies would have to hand this information over to authorities investigating criminal activity such as money laundering or terrorist financing. “For too long, crypto-assets have been under the radar of our law enforcement authorities,” one of the lead EU lawmakers negotiating the rules, Assita Kanko, said in a statement. “It will be much harder to misuse crypto-assets and innocent traders and investors will be better protected.” The EU institutions are working out the technical details before the rules receive final approval. Negotiators also were set to hammer out final...
    A group of self-described hacktivists is threatening to leak the personal data of members of conservative state governments in retaliation for restricting abortion access. The group, known as SiegedSec, announced on Monday that it had released 8 gigabytes of internal data from the Arkansas and Kentucky governments in an attempt to penalize them for regulating abortion following the reversal of Roe v. Wade. FACEBOOK BLAMES 'INCORRECT ENFORCEMENT' FOR REMOVED POSTS ON ABORTION PILLS However, the group said these two states will not be the only ones. "THE ATTACKS WILL CONTINUE!" the group announced in a Telegram post announcing the data release. "Our main targets are any pro-life entities, including government servers of the states with anti-abortion laws." While the hacker group has not stated its next targets, the results of its government hack have been lackluster. "Information pertaining to Kentucky has been identified, and while initial indications are that this is publicly available data that does not include personally identifying information, the state will continue its investigation," Crystal Staley, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Gov....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the government’s road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In an interview Wednesday, Steven Cliff, who was confirmed last month as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the agency is assessing crash data recently reported by automakers and tech companies. Any new regulations NHTSA may impose would fill what critics say is an urgent need to address the growing use of driver assisted systems on U.S. roads. The systems have been linked to crashes involving deaths and serious injuries, though they also have enormous potential to prevent crashes. There are no federal regulations that directly cover either self-driving vehicles or those with partially automated driver-assist systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot. Before developing any new federal standards, Cliff said, NHTSA wants to to better understand how driver-assist and autonomous technology should perform. Cliff spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press in his first on-the-record interview since...
    (CNN) — Store shelves holding baby products designed to help parents ease babies into sleep may be barren this week, due to new US Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations that went into effect on June 23. The rules effectively limit the sale of infant sleep products to only four types that have existing safety standards: full and non-full size cribs, play yards, bassinets and cradles. Products formerly marketed for sleep — such as inclined sleepers, travel and compact bassinets, and in-bed sleepers — may no longer be sold for sleep, the commission said. READ MORE: Evacuation Orders Still In Effect For 700+ Acre Rices Fire In Nevada CountyBut child safety advocates CNN spoke to worry these new regulations, while well-meant, will not make a significant dent in the number of annual infant deaths. That’s because the real culprit may not be the manufactured products but the unsafe ways people use them, said Carol Pollack-Nelson, a former human factors psychologist for the CPSC, who published a 2018 study on how human motivation affects the use of baby sleep products. “I looked at years of data from the CPSC’s...