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In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://web.archive.org/web/20170524013725/https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-17-60A1.pdf

Notice of proposed agency rulemaking which would undo the so-called net neutrality rules for Internet providers.  The proposal, published for public comment, would eliminate the public utility-type regulations for Internet providers approved by the Commission in 2015.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

H.R. 1628 American Health Care Act of 2017

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/hr1628aspassed.pdf

Widely anticipated analysis of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives in May 2017.  Finds the bill if enacted into law would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion and cause 23 million people to lose health insurance coverage by 2026.  Also finds that by 2026 51 million people under age 65 would be without health insurance compared to 28 million under current law.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Cooper v Harris

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1262

5-3 decision of the Supreme Court that North Carolina used racial factors in an unconstitutional manner in drawing two Congressional districts after the 2010 Census.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Presidential Authority to Permit Access to National Security Information

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/access.pdf

Examines the controversy over the disclosure of classified information by the president and related government standards for classifying and declassifying information. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Final Sequestration Report for Fiscal Year 2017

Categories: Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52704-sequestration.pdf

Annual report on whether appropriations enacted for the current fiscal year have exceeded the statutory caps on discretionary spending.  No sequestration is required for FY2017.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

S.960 – Preserving Data in Government Act of 2017

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Information,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://www.gardner.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/gardner-peters-introduce-bill-to-keep-government-research-data-publically-available

Press release about bill introduced in Senate to require that federal agencies preserve public access to databases and datasets created with taxpayer funding.  From the office of Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator from Colorado

 

Summary of Annual FOIA Reports for Fiscal Year 2016

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/oip/reports/fy_2016_annual_report_summary.pdf/download

Shows total number of Freedom of Information Act requests for information received by federal agencies during 2016, a 10% increase over 2015, and the highest number received in any year since the passage of the law.  Also shows number of requests processed, the outcome of requests, backlogged requests and average processing time.  From the Justice Department

 

Advanced Gene Editing: CRISPR-Cas9

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44824.pdf

Discusses the nature, applications, and implications of a new gene editing technology.  Some experts assert that the current regime for regulating biotechnology products, the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology, may be inadequate to deal with this approach. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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