25 votes
Accepted

Statements on reasons to vote against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs & use the funds to support Ukraine

The Congressional Record from April 27th doesn't hold any explanation from any of the representatives who voted against the bill, although it does note that Rep. Madison Cawthorn changed his vote from ...
  • 90.6k
18 votes
Accepted

What 1867 act of US congress entered this painting for the Southern District of New York? What did this act of congress actually do?

There was no 1867 Act of Congress relating to this specific print. The Act referred to is actually an 1802 amendment to the Copyright Act of 1790, section one of which provides the wording to be ...
  • 90.6k
9 votes

4th Circuit court: North Carolina laws "targeted blacks with almost surgical precision" after "they got rid of preclearance after Shelby County"?

The full court opinion (83 pages) can be found here. It identifies five provisions of a single omnibus election law, 2013 N.C. Sess. Laws 381, which are found to be discriminatory: a "change in ...
  • 59.2k
8 votes

Progress moving US oil and gas pipeline cybersecurity regulation and oversight from the TSA to the DOE? (HR 370)

The bill was reintroduced as H.R. 3078 in the 117th Congress after H.R. 370 died in the 116th Congress. It was referred to the subcommittee on Energy of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and then was ...
  • 59.2k
7 votes
Accepted

4th Circuit court: North Carolina laws "targeted blacks with almost surgical precision" after "they got rid of preclearance after Shelby County"?

Regarding your question whether the phrase "surgical precision" is an explicit part of the ruling: it is. See page 11 for the full context: Before enacting that law, the legislature ...
  • 32.8k
6 votes

Progress moving US oil and gas pipeline cybersecurity regulation and oversight from the TSA to the DOE? (HR 370)

H.R.370 died in the last Congress. The new bill for the 117th Congress is H.R.3078 - Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act and was reported June 10, 2021; but has not been otherwise ...
6 votes
Accepted

What progress has the US House's January 6th Select Committee made on drafting changes to the Electoral Count Act of 1887?

What progress has the January 6th select committee made on drafting changes to the Electoral Count Act of 1887? None. One would not normally expect a committee to draft legislation before finishing ...
  • 16k
5 votes

Why did the EU give stronger "protections" to minors in the GDPR, considering that COPPA has had the effect of restricting those it tries to protect?

The various EU members have slightly different national laws. Looking at germany, you will find different age limits for buying a donut, a beer, or a vodka, for buying something with immediate ...
  • 90.7k
3 votes
Accepted

Is US Senator Chris Murphy's bill to "subject Supreme Court Justices to... ethical code" just saber rattling? (Amy Klobuchar: "Get your act together")

I'm not sure what you mean by saber rattling, but it is difficult to see how such a bill could have any real effect. Consider how such ethics rules are enforced. In other words, when a judge in a ...
  • 16k
3 votes

Would the US postal service be open on election day were election day made a legal public holiday?

You have to dig around a bit in the text of the bill, but it contains this requirement: Same-day processing.—The United States Postal Service shall ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that ...
  • 101k
3 votes

Is there political activity in the US for regulation or banning of potentially biologically active samples from space to Earth? Who is doing so?

So, first off, the existing law about space isn't something that the U.S. has unilateral jurisdiction over, having been placed into a quasi "international waters" classification by the 1967 ...
3 votes
Accepted

What are former US judge J. Michael Luttig arguments for "why he thinks it’s time to reform the Electoral Count Act"?

Luttig had an opinion piece in the New York Times last week. The opening of the second paragraph explains that the act's vagueness provides an opening for congress to reject the results of an ...
  • 16k
1 vote
Accepted

Why did the Unruh Act exclude sale of buildings and real property?

The Unruh act does not attempt to make illegal every interaction between individuals. A law that attempted to prohibit private people from discrimination would run afoul of the first amendment. The ...
  • 101k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible