Campaign Finance Institute: Introducing CFI’s Groundbreaking Database Of State Campaign Finance Laws

Campaign Finance Institute: Introducing CFI’s Groundbreaking Database Of State Campaign Finance Laws. “The Campaign Finance Institute is pleased to release a groundbreaking new tool, ‘CFI’s Historical Database of State Campaign Finance Laws’. The database covers all of the states’ campaign finance laws every two years since 1996. It is designed for everything from interactive and visualized lookups to downloadable datasets. “

Orange County Register: Marijuana laws for every city and county? Our database shows California slow to accept Prop. 64

Orange County Register: Marijuana laws for every city and county? Our database shows California slow to accept Prop. 64 . “Fewer than one in three California cities (144 out of 482) allow any kind of cannabis business to operate in their borders. And just 18 of the state’s 58 counties permit cannabis businesses in their unincorporated areas. Also, fewer than one in five California cities welcome medical marijuana dispensaries, while fewer than one in seven allow recreational cannabis stores, where anyone 21 and older has been able to shop for legal weed since Jan. 1. These are some of the findings in a first-of-its-kind investigation, tracking and compiling the cannabis ordinances in all 540 city and county jurisdictions in California, a study conducted by Southern California News Group and other Digital First newspapers.”

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours. “Governments around the world think legislation is the answer to the ‘fake news’ problem. So far, the only thing that seems certain is these laws will be used to control the press and stifle criticism. The limited rollouts we’ve seen of laws governing poorly-defined speech have been uniformly disastrous. The government of India was the latest to roll out ‘fake news’ legislation. There wasn’t much debate over the law, as it was unilaterally put in place by the Indian government. The motivating factor appeared to be an attempt to quell criticism of the Indian Prime Minister ahead of next year’s election. The only good thing about the decree was its extremely short shelf life.”

Duke University: Blocher and Miller compile comprehensive historical gun law database

Duke University: Blocher and Miller compile comprehensive historical gun law database. “Professors Joseph Blocher and Darrell Miller have spearheaded the creation of a comprehensive database of historic gun laws for use as a research tool for scholars, litigators, journalists, and others interested in current debates surrounding firearms regulation and the Second Amendment. The searchable Repository of Historical Gun Laws compiles English statutes from the Middle Ages through 1776 and those in the United States from the Colonial era to the middle of the 20th century. To date, it includes 1,514 regulations, searchable by subject area, date range, and jurisdiction.”

New York Times: As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth

New York Times: As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth. “In highway billboards and radio announcements, the government of Malaysia is warning of a new enemy: ‘fake news.’ On Monday, the lower house of Parliament passed a bill outlawing fake news, the first measure of its kind in the world. The proposal, which allows for up to six years in prison for publishing or circulating misleading information, is expected to pass the Senate this week and to come into effect soon after.”

The Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is Bad for the Preservation of Sound Recordings

The Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is Bad for the Preservation of Sound Recordings. “There’s a bill working its way through Congress called the Music Modernization Act (the current bill is a mix of several bills, the portion we are concerned with was formerly called the CLASSICS Act) that has us very concerned about the fate of historical sound recordings. As currently drafted, this bill would vastly expand the rights of performers of pre-1972 sound recordings, without any provision for a public domain for these works or meaningful fair use and library exceptions. After a visit to Washington DC meeting with various Congressional staffers working on this issue, we do not believe that the CLASSICS portion of the bill will be fixed. We therefore oppose the CLASSICS portion of the Music Modernization Act.”

Uzbekistan National News Agency: English version of the National database of legislation for investors will be created

Uzbekistan National News Agency: English version of the National database of legislation for investors will be created. “At the meeting, it was noted that work is underway on creating an English version of the National database of legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan in order to inform potential investors about legal conditions for doing business in Uzbekistan.”