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Law Legislation

  • PAWTUCKET, R.I.— The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. She is supported by the Koch-affiliated libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, which through lawsuits and lobbying in more than a dozen states has been fighting to deregulate the practice of natural...

  • MINSK, Belarus— Local media in Belarus say about 3,000 people have demonstrated across the country against an unpopular new labor law that targets the unemployed. Many in Belarus are unhappy with a so-called "anti-sponging" law that forces citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with nation's labor...

  • BEIJING, Feb 26- China will focus on stable development of its capital markets this year, but will press ahead to further open its markets to foreign companies, the top securities regulator said on Sunday. "We will not waver from reforms more market-based, law-based and international, Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, told a news...

  • Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is expected to discuss with American officials India's concerns over proposed U.S. legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from India and other countries. U.S.- India relations generally prospered under the Obama administration, but New Delhi will be hoping that Trump...

  • President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has heard dozens of workers' rights cases on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. UPS: United Parcel Service worker Carole Strickland accused UPS of sex discrimination and of retaliating against her for taking two weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to deal with stress.

  • The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. Grace Hwang's lawsuit was one of many employee cases heard by federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. The majority opinion he wrote siding with Kansas State is illustrative.

  • WASHINGTON— A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. The 105- page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R- Wis., unveiled last summer and a similar outline...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appealed a Texas federal judge's ruling upholding a Labor Department's regulation aimed at putting retirement savers' interest first on Friday, the latest salvo in the securities industry's fight against the regulation. Earlier this month, Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of Texas ruled against...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 24- The Chicago Public Schools said on Friday it will return $18 million in funding cuts to certain schools in a move that will increase the cash-strapped district's lingering budget deficit to $129 million. "This increases the districts remaining budget deficit from $111 million to $129 million." Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's veto in December...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is developing a plan to poll mom and pop investors about their views on how regulatory policies may impact them directly, amid concerns their voices are not often heard when the SEC writes new rules. In a speech at "SEC Speaks," an annual conference held by the Practising Law Institute, SEC Investor...

  • Piwowar's comments come at a time when many on Wall Street have been questioning whether the Justice Department and the SEC will ease enforcement of the FCPA. In addition, Trump's pick to lead the SEC, attorney Jay Clayton, previously chaired a committee at the New York City Bar Association which drafted a paper that was somewhat critical of how the law was being...

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the United States Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws prohibiting...

  • Their statements evoked the opposition expressed by many businesses last year when the state of North Carolina passed a law that forces transgender people to use public restrooms matching their gender assigned at birth. The resulting boycotts have cost North Carolina more than $560 million in economic activity, according to the online magazine Facing...

  • SALEM, Ore.— Baristas, bartenders, seasonal workers and others in Oregon's robust service industry are at the center of early discussions in Salem about whether to afford them guaranteed pay and more control over their work schedules. House Bill 2193 and Senate Bill 828— packaged as sister proposals in both chambers,— are backed largely by workers' rights groups...

  • TRUMP SAYS WILL TACKLE TAX REFORM LEGISLATION AFTER DEALING WITH OBAMACARE-REUTERS INTERVIEW.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas legislators advanced Gov. The Republican-led House and Senate tax committees forwarded separate bills containing the GOP governor's proposals to their chambers for debate, without formally endorsing them. "We need to talk about his plan and let everybody share their concerns publicly about his proposals," said Senate President Susan...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico's two senators have introduced legislation they say has been years in the making to set aside tens of thousands of acres as wilderness on opposite ends of the state in areas already designated as national monuments. "The economy of rural New Mexico cannot afford any more wilderness designations," Sanchez said. The latest legislation...

  • HONOLULU— Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions. The boats often have crews of fishermen from Southeast Asia and Pacific Island nations, and the men are restricted...

  • WASHINGTON— Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen." The Ohio Republican, who was forced out by conservatives in 2015, said he started laughing when he heard President Donald Trump and Republicans promise swift action on undoing and replacing the health law.

  • WASHINGTON— Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent. Mnuchin said that tax reform is the administration's...