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ProCon Coverage of 2024 Election Is Live
9/5/2023 -

ProCon’s lauded election coverage is live for the 2024 presidential election with 5 debated issues, as well as educational resources. More candidate opinions on debated issues will follow until election day.

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Montana Judge Rules in Favor of Youth: State Violated Their Constitutional Right to Clean Environment
8/17/2023 -

District Court Judge Kathy Seeley ruled that Montana’s policy for evaluating fossil fuel permit requests is unconstitutional because it does not allow state agencies to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions. The state promises to appeal the decision

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Updated Topic: Cancel Culture
8/14/2023 -

Does cancel culture reel in the bad behavior of powerful people or encourage bullying?

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Trainer Sentenced to 4 Years for Horse Doping
7/31/2023 -

Trainer Jason Servis was sentenced to four years in federal prison on July 26, 2023 after pleading guilty to participation in a horse-doping scheme. He is also sentenced to pay $163,932 in restitution and a $30,000 fine. Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil said he had “put the lives of the horses and the jockeys who rode them at risk…. You did endanger the horses in your care. Luckily, they didn’t break down. You tried to gain an unfair advantage. I hope you accept that, but I don’t think that you do. At the end of the day, unquestionably, you undermined the integrity of horse racing.”

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FDA Approves First OTC Birth Control Pill
7/13/2023 -

The pill will be available in stores in the first quarter of 2024 according to manufacturer Perrigo.

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Biden Loan Forgiveness Program
6/30/2023 -

In a 6-3 vote the court ruled that federal law does not permit the U.S. Department of Education to cancel such student loans.

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Minnesota Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
6/5/2023 -

Minnesota joined 22 other states and D.C. in legalizing adult-use of the drug

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Representative Cori Bush Introduces Reparations Bill
5/22/2023 -

Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) introduced a bill to pay $14 trillion in reparations to black Americans. She states, “The United States has a moral and legal obligation to provide reparations for the enslavement of Africans and its lasting harm on the lives of millions of Black people…. We know that we continue to live under slavery’s vestiges. We know how slavery has perpetuated Jim Crow. We know how slavery’s impacts live on today.”

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Updated Topic! School Uniforms
5/18/2023 -

One of our most popular debates is now updated

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New Resource: Glossary: Animals Used in Animal Testing
5/1/2023 -

Ever wonder what a tamarau is? ProCon’s new glossary of animals used in animal testing can help!
(it’s a small species of buffalo)

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North Carolina Again Requires Completion of Prison, Probation, and Parole to Vote
5/1/2023 -

On Apr. 28, 2023, the North Carolina Supreme Court overturned a trial court decision. Those convicted of felonies are now required to complete prison, probation, parole, and pay all fines before they may register to vote.

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Washington Officially Abolishes Death Penalty
4/24/2023 -

On Apr. 20, 2023, Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5087, which removed the laws the state supreme court found unconstitutionally, officially abolishing the death penalty in Washington. The states’s supreme court ruled the laws unconstitutional in 2018.

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Dueling Medication Abortion Court Rulings Lead to Tighter Restrictions
4/13/2023 -

On Apr. 7, 2023, two federal district court judges issued conflicting preliminary injunctions. On Apr. 12, 2023, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the Texas case allowing mifepristone to remain on the market while the case is heard, but restricting access: the drug may only be dispensed up to seven weeks of pregnancy instead of 10 and may not be dispensed through the mail.

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First States to Pass Minimum Age Laws for Social Media
4/13/2023 -

Utah and Arkansas passed laws in Mar. and Apr. 2023 respectively that implement minimum age requirements among other stipulations for minors’ use of social media platforms.

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Florida Becomes Constitutional Carry State
4/10/2023 -

Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation making Florida the 26th constitutional (permitless) concealed carry state.

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