Last updated on: 1/10/2022 | Author: ProCon.org

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Stanford University Engineers Create Solar Panels That Generate Electricity at Night
4/8/2022 -

The solar panel has a thermoelectric generator that pulls electricity from the temperature difference between the solar cell and the air, allowing the panel to generate electricity at night.

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Biden Extends Student Loan Repayment Pause
4/6/2022 -

Begun by President Trump, the student loan repayment pause will have been in effect for over two years by the end of the current pause’s end in Aug. 2022.

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Book Challenges Jumped to All-Time High in 2021
4/4/2022 -

Book challenges jumped to an all-time high in 2021 with 729 challenges, containing a total of 1,597 books.

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US House Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana
4/1/2022 -

In a largely partisan vote, the US House of Representatives voted 220 to 204 to decriminalize marijuana, including medical and recreational use. However, neither the House bill nor a similar bill in the Senate are expected to garner enough Republican votes to be passed.

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Oregon Ends Residency Requirement for Physician-Assisted Suicide
3/29/2022 -

Terminally ill people will no longer be subject to a residency requirement to seek physician-assisted suicide in Oregon.

Compassion & Choices, a national advocacy group, sued Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Medical Board settled in the U.S. District Court in Portland on Monday, agreeing to stop enforcing the residency requirement and to ask the legislature to edit the law. The group plans to pressure the eight other states and DC with aid-in-dying programs to lift their residency requirements.

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Updated: Over-the Counter Birth Control Pills
3/22/2022 -

Should birth control pills be available over the counter? Explore updated arguments, quotes, and supplemental research.

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Over 100 Protestors Sentenced by Supreme Court of Cuba
3/21/2022 -

The protestors were accused of “destabilizing public order, collective security and citizen tranquility” during the 2021 protests.

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New Topic: Employer Vaccine Mandates
3/16/2022 -

While the current debate about employer vaccine mandates in the United States centers upon COVID-19 requirements, mandates and the debate about them are as old as the country itself.

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Senate Unanimously Approves Permanent Daylight Saving Time
3/15/2022 -

The US Senate unanimously approved a bill that would make DST permanent as of Nov. 20, 2023 if approved by the House and signed by President Biden. The delay is meant to give airlines and other transportation providers time to adjust to the change as they set schedules months ahead of time.

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Ohio Joins Constitutional Carry States
3/15/2022 -

Ohio’s constitutional carry law, signed on Mar. 15, 2021, goes into effect 91 days after the law is filed by the Secretary of State.

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Immigration Arrests Drop under Biden Administration
3/14/2022 -

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made more than 74,000 administrative immigration arrests in fiscal year 2021, down from over 100,000 yearly under the Trump administration.

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Alabama to Become Constitutional Carry State on Jan. 1, 2023
3/11/2022 -

Alabama joins a growing number of states eliminating concealed carry permit requirements.

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Updated: Prescription Status of Birth Control Pills around the World
3/10/2022 -

Of 142 countries, 42 (29.6%) require a prescription for birth control pills, 47 (26.1%) officially require no prescription (though 10 require a health screening), and 53 (37.3%) countries informally allow birth control pills to be distributed without a prescription

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Updated: Drugs Switched from Prescription to Over-the-Counter Status
3/10/2022 -

Between Sep. 9, 1976 and June 17, 2021, 102 drug ingredients were switched from prescription (Rx) to over-the-counter (OTC) status by the FDA.

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US Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
3/4/2022 -

In a 6-3 vote, the US Supreme Court upheld Tsarnaev’s death sentence. The sentence was overturned in 2020 by an appeals court, but that ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court by the Trump administration. The Biden administration, despite a federal moratorium on capital punishment, pursued the appeal after Biden took office.

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