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NLG Issues Letter To Co-Sponsors Of ABA Resolution 514 On Antisemitism
NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (TNSgov)(TNScapv) -- The National Lawyers Guild issued the following news release and letter:

On January 18, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) joined more than 40 organizations in expressing strong opposition to ABA resolution 514 and its call to employ the discredited and malicious International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

The letter, co-written by the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Peace Now, Center for Constitutional Rights, Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Palestine Legal, notes that "the clear objective behind the ... Show Full Article

In WLF Success, Third Circuit Rejects Agency Rewrite Of Federal Drug-Discount Program
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (TNSgov) -- The Washington Legal Foundation issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit today rejected the Health Resources Services Administration's (HRSA) claim under the 340B Program to broad regulatory authority that Congress never gave it. The decision was a litigation success for Washington Legal Foundation (WLF), which filed an amicus brief in the case supporting AstraZeneca.

The appeal arose from a suit by prescription-drug manufacturer AstraZeneca against HRSA, challenging the agency's recent enforcement action ... Show Full Article

Human Rights First Fact Sheet: Recommendations for the Biden Administration to Uphold Refugee Law
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (TNSres) -- Human Rights First issued the following fact sheet:

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Leading By Example, Honoring Commitments - Recommendations for the Biden Administration to Uphold Refugee Law

While it has taken some important steps toward ending several Trump administration policies that trampled on asylum, including Remain in Mexico, the Biden administration has not yet ended some of the most inhumane and dysfunctional Trump administration policies due to lawsuits filed by Trump-aligned state politicians aligned with the prior administration, slow-paced U.S. agency regulatory action, ... Show Full Article

Human Rights Campaign Condemns Utah Governor Spencer Cox For Signing Dangerous Ban On Gender Affirming Care For Transgender Youth Into Law; First Anti-LGBTQ+ Law Of 2023 Now On The Books
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 31 (TNStalk) -- The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement on Jan. 30, 2023:

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, rebukes Utah Governor Spencer Cox for signing SB 16, a law that will effectively ban the provision of gender affirming care to transgender patients under the age of 18.

Gov. Cox signed the bill on Saturday, January 28. Last year, Governor Cox vetoed anti-transgender legislation knowing his veto would be overridden, explaining,"Rarely has ... Show Full Article

Food & Water Watch: 24 Groups To Sec. Vilsack - Strengthen Packers & Stockyards Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (TNSgov) -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following news release and letter on Jan. 30, 2023:

Twenty four groups signed a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack today urging that the USDA seize upon an open rulemaking process to strengthen protections for farmers and ranchers under the Packers & Stockyards Act. The agency is revisiting inadequate farmer and rancher protections from industry monopolies in a series of long-overdue rulemakings. The letter was written and circulated by national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch.

Ineffective and outdated Packers & Stockyards ... Show Full Article

Fight for the Future: If Senate Democrats Wants To Help Kids, They Should Stop Pushing Legislation That Hurts Kids
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Jan. 31 (TNStalk) -- Fight for the Future, an advocacy group for digital rights, issued the following statement on Jan. 30, 2023:

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Bloomberg is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to fast-track tech legislation that focuses on children, including the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), an extremely controversial bill that has been opposed by human rights experts and nearly every major LGBTQ organization in the US. Digital rights group Fight for the Future issued the following statement, which can be attributed to the group's director, Evan Greer (she/her).

"This ... Show Full Article

Economic & Social Research Institute: 'Water Quality Protection Functions With Local Authorities'
DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 31 (TNSrep) -- The Economic and Social Research Institute issued the following research bulletin (No. 202303) on Jan. 31, 2023, entitled "Water Quality Protection Functions with Local Authorities."

The research bulletin was written by Gianluca Grilli and John Curtis.

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ESRI Research Bulletins provide short summaries of work published by ESRI researchers and overviews of thematic areas covered by ESRI programmes of research. Bulletins are designed to be easily accessible to a wide readership.

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OVERVIEW

Based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assessments, ... Show Full Article