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Proposed Kansas Bill Banning Municipal Fiber Expansion Has Met Its Doom

A proposed law in Kansas that would have prevented the expansion of publicly-owned fiber broadband networks in the state is very thoroughly dead, according to one of the bill’s biggest opponents. [More]

Ohio Likely To Become First State To Prohibit E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

Ohio Likely To Become First State To Prohibit E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

E-cigs are still in a strange regulatory no-man’s-land. They’re kind of like regular cigarettes, but they’re also kind of not. Can you use them in places where smoking’s not allowed? Do they fall under current laws restricting the sale of tobacco products to minors? Nobody really knows, yet. Nobody, that is, except the state of Ohio, where a bill regulating e-cigarette sales is now sitting on the governor’s desk. [More]

Google, Rest of Internet Urge Congress To Change NSA Surveillance Laws

Google, Rest of Internet Urge Congress To Change NSA Surveillance Laws

A large coalition of internet companies and advocacy groups has declared today “The Day We Fight Back” against mass surveillance. The coalition is urging US citizens to contact their legislators to ask for Congressional intervention on mass surveillance programs. [More]

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Utah Lawmaker Apparently Tired Of Residents Having Fast, Competitive Internet Access, Proposes Law To Stop Expansion

Municipal fiber networks might just be the wave of the future when it comes to speedy internet access. The cable companies already providing internet access, though, aren’t always so keen on the competition–and those companies have deep pockets and access to lawmakers’ ears. And so now Utah becomes the latest state to try legislative measures to bar its cities, towns, and counties from diving into the ISP market. [More]

Congressional Democrats Propose Legislation To Preserve Net Neutrality

Congressional Democrats Propose Legislation To Preserve Net Neutrality

Net neutrality may be dead since a court overturned it in January, but legislators are trying to resurrect it as quickly as possible. [More]

Your Guide To Proposed Laws & Regulation That Could Help Consumers In 2014

Your Guide To Proposed Laws & Regulation That Could Help Consumers In 2014

2013 is gone, a collection of memories never to be dealt with again.  Next week, the 113th Congress returns for its second session, ideally to enact legislation throughout 2014, some of which could help consumers if they were to become law. [More]

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Why Some Best Buy Stores Need Two Forms Of ID To Give You $5 For A Junk Cell Phone

You may remember the adventures of S., who wanted to turn a drawer full of junky cell phones into Best Buy gift cards, but ran up against a baffling store policy that requires two forms of photo ID to do so. He complained, then flounced to another store that didn’t have this inexplicable policy. Turns out that this policy is pretty explicable: it involves local laws regulating pawn transactions. [More]

Wisconsin Rep Seeks To Repeal Anti-Margarine Law

Wisconsin Rep Seeks To Repeal Anti-Margarine Law

A Wisconsin state legislative rep who Googled “Stupid Wisconsin Laws” has introduced a bill to overturn one of the dumbest ones he found: a law that forbids “colored margarine” from being served at a restaurant unless a customer asks for it. [More]

Saggy Pants Fines Bring City $3,916.49

Saggy Pants Fines Bring City $3,916.49

Albany, Georgia is raking in the dough by fining people who violate the city’s saggy pants ban. [More]

Texas Ups Speed Limit To 85 MPH

Texas Ups Speed Limit To 85 MPH

Put the pedal to the metal and get it in gear, today the max speed limit in Texas was officially raise to 85 MPH. Woohoo, yee-doggy! [More]

Help The FTC Update Its Guidance For Internet Advertisers

Help The FTC Update Its Guidance For Internet Advertisers

The Federal Trade Commission has announced plans to update its “Dot Com Disclosures,” the guidelines it uses to tell businesses how federal advertising laws apply to the internet. The document was originally published in 2000, and the FTC admits that the “online world has changed dramatically” since then. [More]

Utah Makes Scrooge McDuck Money Bins A Possibility

Utah Makes Scrooge McDuck Money Bins A Possibility

Those who dream of constructing giant towers filled with gold and silver coins in which to swim, and doing so with the knowledge that their coins are as good as cash, may want to look at moving to Utah. The state has pushed through legislation that makes gold and silver coins legal currency. [More]

Former Foes McCain and Kerry Unite To Tackle Net Privacy

Former Foes McCain and Kerry Unite To Tackle Net Privacy

Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced an Internet privacy bill that would require companies to clearly spell out the types of data collected from consumers online, how it’s used and require corporate safeguards from hackers and other criminals. [More]

Town Passes Anti Black Friday Rampage Ordinance

Town Passes Anti Black Friday Rampage Ordinance

Finally, one town has taken a stand against the madness and said, “no more.” [More]

NY To Make Foreclosure Lawyers Verify Paperwork

NY To Make Foreclosure Lawyers Verify Paperwork

The chief judge in New York Wednesday ruled that lawyers handling foreclosures will have to verify that all paperwork is correct. [More]

Your Saggy Pants Are Not Welcome In Dublin, Georgia

Your Saggy Pants Are Not Welcome In Dublin, Georgia

Even though other municipalities have tried — and failed — to enact laws regulating the bagginess and sagginess of their citizens’ trousers, the mayor of Dublin, GA, is moving forward with his plan to sign an ordinance that would fine violators up to $200 for low-riding pants. [More]

California Decides Not To Ban Plastic Bags

California Decides Not To Ban Plastic Bags

California lawmakers rejected a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags late Tuesday. [More]