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Biden’s focus on climate change could mean jobs for Michigan

Within his first 100 days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to reenter the United States into the Paris climate agreement of 2015, an obtainable move among many of his proposed environmental plans that will be more difficult to achieve.

It’s a world-wide agreement to reduce carbon emissions that his former boss, President Barack Obama, helped to establish, and was quickly upended by his predecessor, President Donald Trump.

For those that are worried about climate change, the Trump presidency has been four years of concern over the lasting impact of environmental rollbacks and an Environmental Protection Agency that they say hasn’t always been environmentally friendly.

“Biden’s climate plan is the most aggressive that we’ve seen by far, both in the ambitions on the funding side, 100% clean energy and net-zero by 2050 goals,” said Mike Shriberg, Regional Executive Director, Great Lakes Regional Center for the National Wildlife Federation.

“It’s a

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Public disclosure at Washington state agencies slows to a crawl in pandemic

For two months, Ailise Delaney waited for a police report, a simple and routinely accessible document she hoped would help a woman seek a protection order in a domestic violence case.

But a Seattle police account of what happened one night in June when they responded to a 911 call didn’t arrive in time, forcing Delaney, an attorney with the Eastside Legal Assistance Program, to move forward in court without it.

“Not even being given the option to present that to the court is really upsetting,” Delaney said. “And trying to explain to a client why we don’t have this information or why we won’t be able to get it is really difficult a lot of times.”

Under Washington state law, public agencies are required to provide an array of documents to anyone who requests them within certain timelines.

But during the coronavirus pandemic, wait times for public records at

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There’s no escape from the law of unintended consequences

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Michael Cianchette is a Navy reservist who served in Afghanistan. He is in-house counsel to a number of businesses in southern Maine and was a chief counsel to former Gov. Paul LePage.

The law of unintended consequences is unyielding.

Particularly when people pass legislation which feels really good, but isn’t fully thought out.

Exhibit A is Portland’s newly adopted, so-called Green New Deal. There is very little “green” in its substance. It creates a bunch of requirements for union-led programs and increases the amounts required from would-be developers to create new housing projects.

However, in the vein of greenwashing, it did add new standards for construction projects taking city money. That’s where the unintended consequence comes in.

Three years ago, Portland voted to borrow

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California law banning toxic chemicals in cosmetics will transform industry

A toxic chemical ban signed into law in California will change the composition of cosmetics, shampoos, hair straighteners and other personal care products used by consumers across the country, industry officials and activists say.

The ban, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the end of September, covers 24 chemicals, including mercury, formaldehyde and several types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. All the chemicals are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic – and advocates argue they have no place in beauty products.

When the law takes effect in 2025, it will mark the first major action to remove toxic substances from beauty products in almost a century. Federal regulation of cosmetics has not been updated meaningfully since 1938, and only 11 ingredients in personal care products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. By contrast, the European Union bans more than 1,600 cosmetic substances and ingredients from cosmetics.

The

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These Idaho cities, counties are requiring masks to be worn in public

The recent uptick in Idaho COVID-19 cases has led multiple cities and counties to issue a mask mandate for residents.

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s list of cities and counties issuing mask mandates has grown over the past several weeks, as COVID-19 cases continue to reach record-breaking levels.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has not issued a statewide mask mandate but has strongly urged Idahoans to wear a mask in public spaces, both indoor and outdoor.

As of November 2020, Idaho has the second-highest rate of infection in the entire country, only behind Montana.

You can get the latest Idaho COVID-19 news here.

The influx in cases, deaths and community spread had led local leaders to take action. As a result, these Idaho cities and counties are now requiring masks to be worn in public.

Benewah County

During a Panhandle Health District board meeting on November 19, 2020, board members voted

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UN warns law enforcement against using ‘big data’ to discriminate | Colombia News

UN experts urged agencies around the world to ensure that the data they collect from artificial intelligence isn’t used to discriminate against minority groups.

Police and border guards must combat racial profiling and ensure that their use of “big data” collected via artificial intelligence does not reinforce biases against minorities, United Nations experts said on Thursday.

Companies that sell algorithmic profiling systems to public entities and private companies, often used in screening job applicants, must be regulated to prevent misuse of personal data that perpetuates prejudices, they said.

“It’s a rapidly developing technological means used by law enforcement to determine, using big data, who is likely to do what. And that’s the danger of it,” Verene Shepherd, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, told Reuters.

“We’ve heard about companies using these algorithmic methods to discriminate on the basis of skin colour,” she added, speaking

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New Michigan law to wipe clean misdemeanors, minor offenses

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — New legislation under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will allow thousands of Michigan residents to get their misdemeanors removed from public record.

The seven-bill package, the “Clean Slate” laws, was passed by both the state House and Senate with bipartisan support. Under the legislation, misdemeanors will be automatically expunged seven years after sentencing, with felonies handled the same way 10 years after sentencing or the end of a sentence, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Supporters say the change will allow Michigan residents to seek better employment, apply for housing and have access to previously off-limits opportunities.


Drunken driving offenses, as well as crimes involving minors, vulnerable elders, assaults, forgery and embezzlement, and other more serious felonies and misdemeanors will not be automatically expunged, according to a governor’s office release.

Only up to two felonies and four misdemeanors are eligible for automatic expungement, and up to

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Jokowi promotes omnibus law to global business leaders in special WEF dialogue – Business

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo addressed on Wednesday 50 global business leaders in a virtual dialogue held by the World Economic Forum, in which he promoted the Job Creation Law and explained the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The President stressed that the omnibus law would help improve the country’s investment climate and legal certainty and reiterated the government’s commitment to engage in more public-private partnerships that could support the country to build a “sustainable and resilient economic recovery”.

“Significant support from the business community in [the law’s] implementation is essential, as it will add value to the government’s efforts in handling the pandemic and support economic recovery in a balanced and synergetic manner,” he said in his opening remarks as quoted by the WEF.

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan accompanied Jokowi during the online meeting.

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Departure of D.C.police chief gives lawmakers chance to have progressive leader

The new chief will confront demands to reshape the department to conform to a new political reality that emphasizes a public health approach to reducing violence and diverts some funding from police, even as homicides and shootings escalate and residents living in battered neighborhoods demand more patrols to reduce crime.

Newsham, a 31-year veteran of the D.C. police force, and chief since 2017, is leaving one of the nation’s highest profile and most influential law enforcement posts to head the police agency in Prince William County, Va., a fast-growing outer suburb of Washington with far less crime than the District.

Newsham earns $282,716 annually in the District and will take a salary cut to $215,000 in Prince William. He also could receive a pension, roughly 80 percent of his salary.

As chief, Newsham has had an increasingly tense relationship with council members, who sometimes saw him as entrenched in old

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