St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In drive for transparency, Missouri lawmakers push for local government database

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In drive for transparency, Missouri lawmakers push for local government database. “Residents of Missouri counties, cities and towns could require local leaders to publish more financial information about government spending under a proposal endorsed by the House on Tuesday.”

KTVA: Bill would make state finances accessible online

KTVA: Bill would make state finances accessible online. “New legislation introduced in Juneau could make state finances more transparent for the public by establishing an online checkbook. Senate Bill 180, sponsored by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, would establish a searchable online database for all the state expenditures and revenue.”

New Telegraph (Nigeria): Nigerians reject Hate Speech, anti-Social Media Bills

New Telegraph (Nigeria): Nigerians reject Hate Speech, anti-Social Media Bills. “Nigerians, yesterday, vehemently opposed the Internet Falsehood Manipulation Bill and the Bill seeking to establish National Commission for Prohibition of Hate Speeches. Those who expressed this opposition also advised the sponsors of the Bills, Senators Sani Musa (APC, Niger East) and Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), to withdraw the bills from the Senate in the interest of the country’s democracy.”

Maryland: Make malware possession a crime! Yes, yes, researchers get a free pass (The Register)

The Register: Maryland: Make malware possession a crime! Yes, yes, researchers get a free pass. “Local news website the Baltimore Fishbowl reported that Maryland’s Senate heard arguments on Senate Bill SB0030, a proposition that would “label the possession and intent to use ransomware in a malicious manner as a misdemeanor” punishable with up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.”

Engadget: A Vermont bill would bring emoji license plates to the US

Engadget: A Vermont bill would bring emoji license plates to the US. “With their ability to add a dash of color and whimsy to a text message, emoji have become an indispensable part of our online interactions. Thanks to a new piece of proposed legislation introduced last week in the Vermont House of Representatives, they could soon start making state license plates more colorful as well.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Proposal would give Virginia teachers an alternative to Pinterest to find online classroom materials

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Proposal would give Virginia teachers an alternative to Pinterest to find online classroom materials. “With more teachers using social media, most notably Pinterest, to find curriculum, the Virginia Department of Education wants to create a new statewide system where teachers can find vetted classroom materials. The idea is part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget, which includes $1.2 billion in new education spending, that is in the hands of the General Assembly. Teachers from across the state are rallying Monday to ask for more.”