New Year, New Laws

With the new year in full swing, many of us have gone back to our everyday lives. However, as of Jan 1, 2017, a multitude of new state laws came into effect. Some laws voted on in November’s election have not yet taken effect, such as the legalization of marijuana, but will be implemented in the coming months or years. The following list contains summaries of several new state laws.

Swastikas and Hate Speech Found in Palo Alto

By Michaela Fogarty Police are investigating a series of anti-semitic symbols and phrases found on and around the Stanford campus in recent weeks. The symbols have been repeatedly found on city signs, grocery stores, office buildings, neighborhoods and seven locations on Stanford campus. One of the swastikas was accompanied by the phrase “No Jews allowed.” … Continue reading Swastikas and Hate Speech Found in Palo Alto

UPDATE: House Reverses Decision to Gut Office of Congressional Ethics After Criticism

By Amira Garewal and Leila Tjiang A reversal of the House Republican’s vote to significantly reduce the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has been made less than 24 hours after the initial vote. The decision was made only hours after receiving criticism from President-elect Donald Trump. “With all that Congress has to … Continue reading UPDATE: House Reverses Decision to Gut Office of Congressional Ethics After Criticism

House Republicans Reduce Independence of Office of Congressional Ethics

By Hana Morita and Leila Tjiang The House Republicans voted 119-74 on Monday night to reduce the independence, and subsequently power, of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), an independent and internal organization which investigates and reviews actions by lawmakers in the House of Representatives. This action by the House Republicans will effectively remove the … Continue reading House Republicans Reduce Independence of Office of Congressional Ethics