South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Stop stifling the public’s right to know in Florida. “Florida was a beacon to the nation. Was. It’s no longer true. The Legislature has riddled the public records laws with more than 1,000 exemptions, easily hurdling the two-thirds supermajorities of both houses that the Constitution requires. That includes corrupting clouds of darkness over university presidential searches and the extensive travels of Gov. Ron DeSantis as he seeks the presidency.”
Out in Perth: New database tracks global progress and decline on LGBTI+ rights. “The ILGA World Database, a platform launched by ILGA World compiling laws, news, and references to human rights bodies and advocacy opportunities with the United Nations related to LGBTI+ people worldwide. The free, interactive, and collaborative platform gives details insights on the state of laws and proposed legislation concerning sexuality, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics issues in 193 UN member States and 47 non-independent territories.”
KGAN: New website launches, striving to help Iowans easily navigate and understand Iowa’s laws. “A new collaboration between the State Library of Iowa and the UI Law Library tries to give Iowans easy access to the state law.”
Consequence: Laurie Anderson Called Off Plan to House Lou Reed Archive in Texas over Gun Law. “The new exhibition ‘Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars’ opens at Lincoln Center’s Library for Performing Arts on Thursday, but it nearly ended up in Texas. As Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson explained in conversation with The New York Times, she cut off conversations with UT Austin after Texas legislators passed a law allowing handguns to be carried on college campuses.”
University of North Carolina: South Carolina and Virginia to join University Libraries’ On the Books project. “The University Libraries has selected the University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia to be partners for On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance, funded by the Mellon Foundation. On the Books uses text mining and machine learning to identify racist language in North Carolina legal documents during the Jim Crow era (1866-1967). Libraries at the partner institutions will work with the project team at UNC-Chapel Hill to compile machine-readable versions of their states’ laws and identify Jim Crow language in them. “
India Today: Will innovative database on ‘Indian Land Laws’ make a tangible mark among citizens? Dr. Jagdish Chandra Rout explains. “Since India is an agrarian economy with over 60% of its populace dependent on cultivable land for livelihood and sustenance, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has reportedly pioneered the launch of a database… on Indian Land Laws (claimed to be the first of its kind). It keeps in view the pivotal role played by land as a prime economic resource.” I poked around the site for a few minutes. You have to have an account to see legislation details but it’s easy to sign up. I was VERY impressed with the design and UI of this site. Great job.
Legal Services Corporation: New Eviction Laws Database Reveals Striking Differences in Eviction Processes Around the Country. “The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) launched the LSC Eviction Laws Database today, a new online tool that will aid users in better understanding the significant variation in eviction laws across the country and the effect these differences have on eviction outcomes. LSC produced the database in partnership with the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Users can examine the entire eviction legal process, from pre-filing to post-judgment, in different communities around the country.”
Library of Congress: Library of Congress Adds ‘A Century of Lawmaking’ to Congress. gov. “The Library of Congress announced today that U.S. congressional records dating back to the days of printing presses and the telegraph are now easily accessible on mobile devices. With this latest update of Congress.gov — the official website for U.S. federal legislative information — the Library has transitioned over 33,000 bills and resolutions crafted by Congress between 1799 and 1873 (the 6th to 42nd U.S. Congresses) to a modern, user-friendly web format.”
Shine: Bilingual search engine for city’s rules. “A bilingual search engine for current rules and regulations in the city was launched by the city’s comprehensive law-based governance commission on Wednesday. It is the first platform of its kind in China, the commission said. The public can access over 500 documents on the platform, called ‘A Collection of Regulations and Rules of Shanghai City,’ in Chinese and English.”
Cayman News Service: CIG finally offers free online access to laws. “This long-awaited online library includes laws and regulations, as well as all bills tabled for consideration by the Legislative Assembly. The archive goes back to 1963 and is a recognition by government that the public must have access to democratic governance, the rule of law and the administration of justice.”
World Health Organization: New COVID-19 Law Lab to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response. “Launching today, the COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic. The goal is to ensure that laws protect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and that they adhere to international human rights standards.”
Jerusalem Post: New website acts as database of coronavirus rules in 84 countries. “Developed by David Tabznikov, an Israeli ‘digital nomad’ currently based in Serbia, the website will allow users to see the policies of each country; whether its borders are fully or partially open, and if mandatory self-isolation rule is required as well as where that self-isolation should take place. In addition, municipal or regional restrictions within countries can also examined by users, which may include the status of public transportation in the area and police roadblocks.”
Phys .org: Most laws ignore human-wildlife conflict—this makes us vulnerable to pandemics. “The current available evidence indicates COVID-19 was first transmitted in a wildlife market in Wuhan. The disease likely originated in pangolins, bats, or a combination of both and was then transmitted to humans. While various commentators have blamed pangolins, bats, or even our lack of ‘mastery’ of wildlife, the real cause of this pandemic goes deeper—into the laws, cultures and institutions of most countries.”
Phys .org: Updated legal maps show marginal change in U.S. state fair housing laws. “Two updated datasets published to LawAtlas.org today show minimal change in state fair housing laws and city nuisance property ordinances since 2017, in spite of the continued housing crisis in the United States.”
New Haven Register: Bills more likely to pass at end of session, data show. “Just 21% of the acts introduced in January 2019 and 18% of the acts introduced in February became law. In contrast, lawmakers enacted 72% of the legislation introduced in June, showing the chances of successfully passing a bill rises dramatically as the session nears its conclusion, The Boston Globe reported.” I just thought it was interesting was all.