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Virginia Changes Felony Reenfranchisement Rules
4/10/2023 -

In Mar. 2023, the Youngkin administration announced that people with felony convictions who have completed their sentences would have to apply to have their voting rights restored, a split from the previous three administrations during which rights were restored automatically by the governors.

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Idaho First to Pass “Abortion Trafficking” Law
4/10/2023 -

Idaho became the first (and, thus far, only) state to enact an “abortion trafficking” law (H.B. 242) on Apr. 5, 2023.

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Idaho Legalizes Firing Squad as Backup Method of Death Penalty
4/3/2023 -

On Mar. 24, 2023, Governor Brad Little signed HB 186 to legalize the firing squad as a backup method for the death penalty should lethal injection not be an option.

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California to Require 50% of All Heavy Vehicles Sold in State Be Electric by 2035
4/3/2023 -

The world’s fifth-largest economy, California, will now require that half of all heavy vehicles (garbage trucks, tractor-trailers, cement mixers, etc.) sold in the state be all-electric by 2035, the same year all new passenger vehicles sold in the state are required to be electric. California was granted approval by the Biden administration on Mar. 31, 2023 to enact the plan, which required federal approval because it exceeds federal requirements.

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Tech Leaders and Others Call for Powerful AI Systems Pause
3/30/2023 -

Amid the field growing by leaps and bounds, on Mar. 29, 2023, tech giants including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, as well as leaders in other industries including Craig Peters, CEO of Getty Images, author Yuval Noah Harari, and politician Andrew Yang, published an open letter calling for a six-month pause on AI “systems more powerful than GPT-4.” The letter states, “Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable…. AI research and development should be refocused on making today’s powerful, state-of-the-art systems more accurate, safe, interpretable, transparent, robust, aligned, trustworthy, and loyal.” The letter, which was open for additional signatures, garnered 1380 signatures by Mar. 30, 2023, from other industry leaders as well as professors, artists, and grandmothers.

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European Union Countries Agree to Phase Out New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035
3/30/2023 -

The European Union finalized an agreement on Mar. 28, 2023 to phase out new gas-powered cars by 2035. All new cars will have to be zero emissions, with the exception of sales of e-fueled (fuels made from captured CO2 emissions) cars at Germany’s request.

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“Father of Cannabis Research” Raphael Mechoulam Dies
3/28/2023 -

Mechoulam was called “the father of cannabis research” for a lifetime of research that included discovering THC in 1964 and then in 1992 identifying the first endogenous cannabinoid (or endocannabinoid), a natural version of THC in the brain.

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Many Police Departments Are Shrinking, without Defunding
3/27/2023 -

A Mar. 2023 criminology study found that while police departments have not been widely defunded, the departments are experiencing between a 2.2% and 16% loss of full-time police officers. The loss has prompted some departments, including the New Orleans Police Department, to use third party organizations to respond to some 911 calls including minor traffic accidents.

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Final Four Puts Paying College Athletes Back in the News
3/27/2023 -

John I. Jenkins and Jack Swarbrick, President and Athletics Director of Notre Dame University argue, “We have been vocal in our conviction that student-athletes should be allowed to… profit from their celebrity — for one simple reason: Other students are allowed to. If a college student is a talented artist or musician no one begrudges him the chance to make money from his skills. And athletes should as far as possible have the opportunities other students enjoy.” Do you agree or disagree?

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Book Ban Attempts Double in 2022
3/27/2023 -

In 2022, attempts to ban books doubled from 2021 with 1,269 attempts to ban 2,571 unique titles, according to the American Library Association. The numbers also reflect a trend in which one complaint includes challenges for multiple books, whereas in the past most complaints only included one book.

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Biden Issues Executive Order to Increase Background Checks
3/20/2023 -

Among other actions, the order directs U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland “to ensure that licensed gun dealers are aware and conduct the required background checks before purchases” in compliance with the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (signed into law in June 2022).

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Wyoming First State to Ban Medication Abortions
3/20/2023 -

On Mar. 17, 2023, Wyoming became the first state without a complete abortion ban to outlaw the use of medication abortions.

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Minnesota Restores Right to Vote to People Convicted of Felonies Who Have Completed Prison Sentences
3/7/2023 -

On Mar. 3, 2023, Governor Tim Walz signed SF26, which restored the right to vote to people convicted of felonies once they complete their prison sentence(s). Minnesota previously required that parole was completed.

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Pennsylvania Governor Continues Death Penalty Moratorium
2/22/2023 -

Governor Josh Shapiro will continue the death penalty moratorium established by his predecessor, Tom Wolf in 2015.

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