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Policy, State & Local

DHS suspends New York state access to travel programs over ‘sanctuary’ law: Fox

February 6, 2020

Via: CNBC

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will block New York state residents from most of its “trusted traveler” programs in response to a state law that limits cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox […]


Policy, State & Local

American Airlines cancels some China service for more than a month as coronavirus spreads

January 29, 2020

Via: CNBC

American Airlines on Wednesday joined rival United in suspending some of its service to China as the coronavirus spreads and demand for those routes drop sharply. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier is canceling its flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai […]


Policy, State & Local

New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses

January 16, 2020

Via: Fortune

For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will report three sets of results from the party’s presidential caucuses. And there is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner. Each set of results represents a different stage […]


Policy, State & Local

Anti-vaxxers celebrate victory in NJ as pro-vaccine bill falls apart

January 14, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Amid raucous protest from hundreds of anti-vaccination advocates, state lawmakers in New Jersey have abandoned legislation to ban vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs. The bill, S2173, collapsed in the state Senate Monday as lawmakers realized it was a single […]


Policy, State & Local

New York Governor vetoes bill that would have made electric scooters legal

December 27, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a widely supported bill that would have legalized electric bicycles and scooters. The bill was the result of extensive negotiations and compromises that sought to balance a set of competing interests. But […]


Policy, State & Local

New California Contract Worker Law Will Take Effect Next Week

December 27, 2019

Via: Fortune

A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who can be […]


Policy, State & Local

San Francisco tweaks facial recognition ban that made it illegal for city employees to use iPhones

December 24, 2019

Via: TechSpot

While San Francisco may have been the first US city to place a blanket ban on facial recognition, it’s also the first to have learned that it isn’t the best of ideas. The city’s Board of Supervisors wanted to ensure […]


Attacks & Breaches, Policy, Security, State & Local

Pensacola, Florida, cyberattack is ransomware, officials confirm

December 11, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Authorities in Pensacola, Florida, confirmed Tuesday that a cyberattack the city’s government experienced last weekend was the result of ransomware. Pensacola officials were slow to identify the incident, which began early Saturday morning, as ransomware, though many of the symptoms […]


Policy, State & Local

Texas moves ‘beyond IoT’ in new state technology strategy

November 20, 2019

Via: StateScoop

A biennial technology plan published earlier this month by the Texas Department of Information Resources sets a goal of the state government moving past simply building interconnected networks of connected devices and toward a more mature, effective marketplace of digital […]


Policy, State & Local

Apple commits $2.5 billion to address California’s housing crisis and homelessness issues

November 4, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Apple announced this morning a significant $2.5 billion commitment towards easing the California housing availability and affordability crisis. The investment includes a $1 billion commitment to an affordable housing investment fund, $1 billion towards a first-time homebuyer mortgage assistance fund, […]