POLITICS 07/17/2018 10:58 am ET Rep. Joe Kennedy and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts want to curb the controversial tactic. By Alanna Vagianos Two Democratic lawmakers from Massachusetts want to end a controversial legal defense in which a criminal defendant claims violence against LGBTQ people was justified because of “panic” about the victim’s sexual identity or orientation. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) introduced the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018 this month, proposing to end gay and trans panic legal defenses in federal court. The defenses “characterize sexual orientation and gender identity as objectively reasonable excuses for loss of self-control, and thereby illegitimately mitigate the responsibility of a perpetrator for harm done to LGBT individuals,” the bill says. The controversial defense has become rarer as LGBTQ … [Read more...] about Dem. Lawmakers Propose Banning ‘Gay And Trans Panic’ Legal Defense
POLITICS 07/13/2018 11:24 am ET A spending bill passed earlier this year reaffirmed the CDC's authority to study gun violence, but that's unlikely to happen without additional funding. By Nick Wing The House GOP rejected a budget proposal this week to give $10 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence, once again zeroing out federal funding to study an epidemic that claims more than 33,000 lives in the United States each year. Wednesday’s party-line vote would’ve been business as usual in most years. Congressional Republicans have been denying the CDC money for gun violence research for nearly two decades. But in March, they signaled a potential change when they passed a bipartisan spending bill with language specifically stating the CDC could study gun violence. That measure, approved just a month after the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, came amid renewed debate about the 1996 Dickey … [Read more...] about GOP Said The CDC Could Research Gun Violence, But Won’t Give Them Money To Do It
Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The U.S. position on a resolution to support breastfeeding counters domestic legislation. 07/12/2018 11:15 am ET By Rebecca Beitsch The Trump administration this spring tried to remove pro-breastfeeding language from a World Health Organization resolution. But here at home, breastfeeding has steadily become more accepted and accessible — culminating this year in the 49th and 50th states enacting laws to allow it in public. The World Health Organization resolution stated that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies and encouraged countries to crack down on misleading claims from purveyors of formula. Attempts by the United States to remove language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding” were unsuccessful, but the move shocked researchers and health advocates who have long contended “breast is best.” The … [Read more...] about The U.S. Targeted Breastfeeding Abroad. Here At Home, It’s Another Story.
With a backdrop of military aircraft and heroic leadership as a setting, Republican gubernatorial nominee Walker Stapleton on Wednesday announced a state legislator and former Navy Top Gun pilot, Rep. Lang Sias, as his running mate.Stapleton announced his choice at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver Wednesday morning, honoring the pilot who still flies for FedEx.“Lang will help spread our message of economic opportunity across Colorado,” Stapleton told reporters at the morning media event. “He will help me implement our agenda for Colorado on day one.” Polis picks former state lawmaker Dianne Primavera as running mateSias said he and Stapleton are running for the same three reasons: They each have three children.He then pivoted to campaign mode, assailing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Polis’ platform on universal health care and renewable energy. Polis is a sitting U.S. representative, who has supported more regulation … [Read more...] about Walker Stapleton picks former Navy Top Gun pilot as GOP running mate in governor’s race
A bipartisan committee of the Colorado legislature began work Monday on policies that could change how sexual harassment complaints are handled at the state Capitol.The committee will hold four more meetings before making recommendations to legislative leaders who could adopt policies or, possibly, recommend legislation lawmakers could consider when the next session begins in January.The Legislative Workplace Interim Study Committee is concerned about due process for the accused, retaliation against accusers and confidentiality while an investigation is underway.“Over the next five meetings, I hope this committee will examine ways to improve the Capitol’s workplace policies and procedures,” House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Democrat, said as Monday’s meeting began. “And I hope this process will be an opportunity for this committee to exhibit bipartisanship instead of politics and create a policy that is fair and better for everyone who works in the … [Read more...] about Sexual harassment committee starts work at Colorado Capitol