Railroad Agency Scraps Train Crew Staffing Regulation Proposal

Louis C. LeBrecque on May 28, 2019.

Two-person train crews aren’t necessary for rail safety, the Federal Railroad Administration said in withdrawing a proposed rule that would have regulated staffing…

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Lawmakers call for regulation of facial recognition tech

A.J. Dellinger on May 22, 2019.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for regulations to restrict the use of facial recognition technology before “it gets out of control,” according to the Washington Post. Members of the Congressional House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on the topic today, during which legislators from across the political spectrum expressed concern over the use of software that is used to identify individuals, raising questions as to the technology’s accuracy and its impact on privacy and civil rights…

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Are food truck regulations burdensome in Shreveport?

Sara macneil on May 29, 2019.

Chuck Wagon Crawfish at Youree and Turtle Creek Drive isn’t classified as a food truck, yet it’s not a restaurant…

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Building communities begins with fewer barriers for small construction companies

Kate Bremer-Baumann on May 31, 2019.

Throughout the Golden State and across the nation, May was celebrated as “Small Business Month,” a time to draw attention to the mom-and-pop shops that help color the culture of the communities they serve. It is especially important for me to highlight the impact local, family run construction businesses have in building and supporting our communities…

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Regulate Big Tech? That’s not a top priority for most voters

Melissa Locker on May 29, 2019.

One of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) top agenda items should she be elected president of the United States is to regulate big tech companies and break up the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple on antitrust grounds. However, she may want to focus her campaign on student loan forgiveness, or universal childcare, or any of her seemingly endless supply of policy plans, because a new survey reveals that regulating Big Tech just isn’t that big of a deal for American voters (yet)…

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A Lesson From 1930s Germany: Beware State Control of Social Media

Heidi Tworek on May 26, 2019.

“Our way of taking power and using it would have been inconceivable without the radio and the airplane,” Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels claimed in August 1933…

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Reason on rent regulation: Reject Albany’s plans to take a wrecking ball to a half-dozen provisions, and embrace sane, targeted changes instead

NY Daily News Editorial Board on May 28, 2019.

Because it’s New York, legislators in Albany are scrambling behind closed doors to determine how to reform New York City rent laws that expire on June 15…

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Sen. McSally urges small business regulatory relief

Douglas Clark on May 20, 2019.

is encouraging the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to provide small businesses relief regarding targeted banking regulations…

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New rule exposes the regulatory watchdog that wasn’t

James Broughel on May 20, 2019.

In April, the Office of Management and Budget made waves when it issued a memo ordering so-called “independent” agencies to subject their regulatory actions to more oversight from OMB. The memo was controversial because historically, these agencies have enjoyed a high degree of insulation from the president, and it could signal an end to that independence…

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Feds Announce They Will Stop Regulating the Number of Cherries in Cherry Pies

Raymond J. March on May 17, 2019.

When he first took office, President Trump pledged to eliminate 75 to 80 percent of all Food and Drug Administration regulations. A recent deregulatory effort is a small step in this direction. It also serves as a comical (and a little concerning) example of how far the agency’s regulatory authority extends…

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