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Florida shooter had been chronic disciplinary problem. “Could school system have done more?”

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:49:24 +0000

Amid horrendous misbehavior attributed to his emotional and behavioral disabilities, the future shooter was shuttled among various Broward County schools, including an episode being “mainstreamed” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, scene of his later atrocity. Under the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which has been intensively litigated over the years, “school districts are required to […]

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Cutting project red tape

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:05:38 +0000

I have favorable words in this Fox News special report for the Trump administration’s push to streamline infrastructure permitting. Currently, even relatively straightforward projects can currently get stalled for years; states and cities have helped show the way with one-stop permitting, “concierge” service, shorter decision deadlines, and rules that reduce handles for litigation. Philip K. […]

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Free speech roundup

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:05:18 +0000

You don’t have to think porn’s OK, or that speech never does harm, to see that Ross Douthat’s censorship ideas will fall flat on their face [Rick Garnett/Prawfs, Taylor Millard/Hot Air quoting me, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Tyler Cowen] Group libel theory meets nationalism in Europe’s censorship creep: “Poland Passes Bill Criminalizing Claims Of Its Complicity […]

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Pakistan Supreme Court rules on 100-year-old case

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:05:30 +0000

“The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday gave its verdict in a 100-year-old property inheritance case that had started in a court in Rajasthan in 1918.” The Indian state of Rajasthan, like Pakistan, was part of British India before partition. The top comment: “Our land case in Gaya, Bihar is also going on since 1919. […]

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Law enforcement for profit roundup

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:03:38 +0000

“When you find yourself threatening to find more reasons to put even more citizens in jail in order to protect your revenue stream, it’s maybe time to take a step back and think about what you’re doing.” [Scott Shackford on Alabama forfeiture debate] How IRS spent $20 million on debt collection program that generated $6.7 […]

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Second Circuit: Schneiderman can unmask private group’s donors

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:05:22 +0000

At least since 1958’s NAACP v. Alabama, it has been thought settled that state demands for the disclosure of private organizations’ membership and donor lists poses very real risks of First Amendment infringement to which courts must be sensitive. Recent years, however, have seen concerted efforts to strip anonymity from donors to at least some […]

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February 21 roundup

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:50:19 +0000

Minimum 18 age for marriage, stadium subsidies, bill requiring landlords to distribute voter registration material, dollar-home programs, and more in my latest Maryland policy roundup [Free State Notes; earlier on NJ first-in-nation ban on under-18 marriage] Now shuttered by California regulation: startup that allowed home cooks to sell meals directly to neighbors [Baylen Linnekin] Guess […]

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Spend $3,000 on a vacation? Your call. On an investment? No way!

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:05:40 +0000

“The SEC’s ‘accredited investor standard’ effectively means that most Americans — unless they have at least $1 million in assets or $200,000 in annual income — are increasingly cut off from investment opportunities.” [Thaya Brook Knight, Cato Policy Analysis and summary] Tags: Securities and Exchange Commission

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Housing roundup

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:04:46 +0000

“One year ago, Portland enacted inclusionary zoning. One year later, “apartment construction in Portland has fallen off a cliff.”” [@michael_hendrix citing Dirk VanderHart, Portland Mercury] Better policy is to focus on building supposedly unaffordable housing [Scott Sumner] Intractable problems of residential zoning and of public schooling in the U.S. have a great deal to do […]

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Hospital to pay $89,000 for failing to accommodate employees who objected to flu shots

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:05:22 +0000

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. will pay $89,000 for failing to accommodate employees “who declined flu vaccinations based on their religious beliefs.” [EEOC press release] Mission had in fact agreed to exempt employees from the flu shot based on religious objections, but required that they declare their […]

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