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California Moves to Reduce Plastic Straws

California could become the first state to to restrict the distribution of plastic straws at restaurants under a bill approved Thursday by lawmakers. Despite many breathless headlines, the legislation doesn’t ban straws outright, but would prohibit full-service, dine-in restaurants from automatically giving them to customers – they could if requested. The …

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Carbon Emissions Tax Proposal Coming in Congress

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A South Florida Republican congressman plans to introduce legislation aimed at stalling dramatic climate change by creating an escalating tax on carbon emissions, while pausing certain federal regulations, an energy and environment website reported this week. U.S. Rep. Carlo Curbelo plans to introduce the measure next week, according to E&E …

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Cuomo Pushes Plastic Bag Ban Bill

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced a bill in the state legislature to ban single-use, plastic carryout bags anywhere in the Empire State. If passed by lawmakers in Albany, the prohibition would start at the beginning of next year. The Democratic governor last year blocked a New York City bill that …

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Government Tech: Are Governments Equipped to Deal With Cybersecurity?

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Government Tech: The breach of India’s national ID database Aadhaar raises concerns as to whether governments are equipped to deal appropriately with today’s cybersecurity landscape Gabrielle Orum Hernández | Legaltech News In 2009, Indian officials first pitched the idea for Aadhaar, an online national identification system containing personal and biometric information. …

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