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Policy, State & Local

Biden relief proposal includes $350 billion for state and local government

January 15, 2021

Via: StateScoop

The COVID-19 rescue package President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday he plans to introduce upon taking office includes $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, which have pleaded for months that they need more federal assistance to overcome steep […]


Policy, State & Local

Washington mobilizes a massive troop buildup in the capital ahead of Biden inauguration

January 14, 2021

Via: Fortune

Soldiers took up positions in the U.S. Capitol in a scene reminiscent of Civil War deployments as Washington braced for the inauguration of a new president and a vote to impeach the current one. With more than 20,000 National Guard […]


Policy, State & Local

Court says Uber can’t hold users to terms they probably didn’t read

January 6, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

The highest state court in Massachusetts has rejected Uber’s efforts to force a blind man’s discrimination claims to be settled in arbitration. In the process, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court raised the bar for technology companies trying to impose one-sided […]


Policy, State & Local

Democrat Raphael Warnock defeats Kelly Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff

January 6, 2021

Via: Fortune

Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the Democrats’ reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta […]


Policy, State & Local

Georgia’s Senate runoff takes place today. The outcome will shape Biden’s presidency

January 5, 2021

Via: Fortune

The outcome of Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff elections will shape Joe Biden’s presidency even before it officially begins on Jan. 20, setting the scope of his agenda and the pace of his nominees’ confirmations — and previewing whether Republicans can […]


Policy, State & Local

Massachusetts aims to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035

January 5, 2021

Via: TechSpot

This upcoming rule is the second such statewide ban we’ve seen to date, with the first being California’s identical rules (which have the same 2035 deadline). It’s clear that Massachusetts took inspiration from the west coast state, but in this […]


Policy, State & Local

Digital patient vaccination records could be the foundation for a ‘vaccine passport’

December 29, 2020

Via: Fortune

Patient health information platform Healthvana has partnered with Los Angeles County to provide COVID-19 vaccination tracking to recipients. Primarily, the system will send patients follow-up reminders to return for the required second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. But […]


Networking Security, Policy, Security, State & Local

CPRA explained: New California privacy law ramps up restrictions on data use

December 21, 2020

Via: CSO Online

In November, Californians approved a ballot measure, Proposition 24, a.k.a. the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), to create a new consumer data privacy agency. It puts California yet another step ahead of other states in terms of privacy productions for […]


Policy, State & Local

Massachusetts governor won’t sign police reform bill with facial recognition ban

December 11, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has returned a police reform bill back to the state legislature, asking lawmakers to strike out several provisions — including one for a statewide ban on police and public authorities using facial recognition technology, the first […]


Policy, State & Local

Supreme Court rejects GOP attempt to halt Biden’s Pennsylvania victory

December 9, 2020

Via: Fortune

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground. The court without comment refused to call into question the certification process in Pennsylvania. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf […]