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ACLU: Pennsylvania lawmakers wasting time with absurd English only bills

The American Civil Liberties Union blasted the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee in response to legislation that would designate English as the official language of the commonwealth. House Bill 361, the Pennsylvania Official Language Act, would make English the official language of Pennsylvania and designate it as the language of…

ACLU settles case of man arrested for recording friend’s arrest

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has won a $48,500 settlement from a lawsuit brought on behalf of man arrested for videotaping a University of Pittsburgh police officer. “This settlement underscores the fact that one of the cornerstones of our constitutional democracy is the right to document the actions…

ACLU sues Florida for drug testing welfare recipients

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to court, forcing him to defend his highly controversial law requiring all welfare recipients to be screened for drugs. The ACLU Tuesday sued the state of Florida on behalf of 35-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Luis Lebron, a…

ACLU sues Baltimore police for deleting videos off cell phone

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore City Police Department on behalf a man whose personal videos were deleted after he filmed officers subduing and arresting a woman. “Police officers doing their jobs in a public place are accountable to the…

Missouri judge blocks teacher-student Facebook ban

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – A Missouri judge on Friday blocked a pending state law that would prevent teachers and students from communicating privately over the Internet on social media sites such as Facebook. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem agreed to a request by the Missouri State Teachers…

US moral authority undercut by war on terror

The 9/11 attacks prompted an outpouring of international sympathy and support for the United States, but Washington’s subsequent “war on terror” undercut the superpower’s moral authority. Ten years later, analysts say, America has not fully recovered its standing as a steadfast defender of liberty and fierce protector of the rule…

ACLU files suit against Kansas anti-abortion law

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to eliminate a recent Kansas law that prevents insurance companies from covering abortion services in regular plans. The suit, ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri v. Praeger, is the first challenge to the anti-abortion laws that 13 states…

Missouri teacher/student ‘Facebook’ law draws ire

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – As the school year resumes next week, Missouri teachers will have to think twice about making private contact with students on Internet sites such as Facebook. The state’s school districts are under orders to draft policies to comply with a new law restricting such communications in…

Missouri law limiting teacher-student online contact draws ire

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – As the school year resumes next week, Missouri teachers will have to think twice about making private contact with students on Internet sites such as Facebook. The state’s school districts are under orders to draft policies to comply with a new law restricting such communications in an effort…

Oklahoma lawmaker wants drug testing for welfare recipients

Following similar legislation passed in Florida and Missouri, Republican Rep. Guy Liebmann of Oklahoma City has announced he will introduced a bill in 2012 that would require drug testing for anyone seeking temporary government assistance. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) both signed legislation this…

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