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Flurry of Bills Targeting Vaccine Makers and Mandates:
Already this year lawmakers in 18 states have introduced over 80 measures dealing with vaccine policy, according to Dorit Reiss, a professor at...
With so much of our world online, data privacy has become a major concern for American policymakers. But in the absence of comprehensive federal legislation addressing data privacy, states are leading...
U.S. Rep Introduces Unique Measure Calling for Regulation of AI
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced a resolution last week calling on Congress to establish a nonpartisan commission to make recommendations...
CA’s New Fast-Food Industry Law on Hold
Implementation of a landmark law passed last year in California ( AB 257 ) aimed at improving working conditions for fast-food employees and potentially...
U.S. Hospital Use of Volunteers May Violate Federal Rules:
Volunteer workers have become an integral part of the labor force at hospitals across the country. According to analysis of federal and other...
Washington’s Public Works Board, one of three bodies in the state that award broadband grants, is considering changing its objection process to require objectors to provide more evidence to support their claims. Public utilities say their efforts to make use of the $400 million in mostly federal funds the state has set aside for broadband development have been blocked by Comcast and other private telecommunications companies with spurious claims about service offerings and promises of service expansion. (CROSSCUT [SEATTLE])
Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, north of Hartford, was the target of a cyberattack last week. But the Connecticut Airport Authority said the distributed denial-of-service attack on the airport’s website caused no disruption of operations. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
As of last Thursday (3/31) the majority of ballots counted in the unionization vote at an Amazon fulfillment center on New York’s Staten Island favored unionizing, 717 to 581. If that trend hods with the thousands of ballots that likely remain the facility would become the company’s first to support unionization. (CNBC)
Amazon has been cited and fined by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries four times in the past year for alleged violations of the state’s workplace safety laws. The company has appealed three of the citations and intends to appeal the fourth as well. (SEATTLE TIMES)
Vermont’s House passed a transportation spending bill (HB 736) and omnibus state appropriations bill (HB 740) that together would provide $866 million for transportation infrastructure development. That sum includes $22 million in incentives to reduce the cost of buying electric vehicles and $19 million for electric vehicle charging stations. (VT DIGGER)
Oregon’s new semiconductor industry task force met for the first time last week. The group plans to establish an “initial roadmap” this spring for how to attract more semiconductor research and manufacturing to the state. (OREGONIAN [PORTLAND])
The Connected Commerce Council is a trade group based in Washington, D.C. that claims to lobby against aggressive regulation of big tech companies on behalf of small businesses. But the group’s financial support comes entirely from tech giants Amazon and Google. (CNBC)
-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK