All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Bills’

New Bill Aims to Stop Feds from Looking at Porn on the Job

Federal employees – they’re just like you! …In that they like to watch porn. And they get bored at work. And like to cure that boredom with porn. North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows is sick of all the porn watching, however, and has introduced a new bill to “prohibit federal employees from accessing pornographic or explicit material on government computers …

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Montana Yoga Pants Ban Bill Was Literally Laughed Out of the Room

Earlier this week, we told you about Montana State rep David Moore, a Republican with a mission. Moore sponsored House Bill 365, which made headlines as the bill that wanted to ban yoga pants. And speedos. And tight, beige tank tops, really. Well, it brings me great pleasure to report that the bill is dead. Not only dead, but it …

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Alabama Bill To Be Named After Tim Cook

In October, Tim Cook penned a piece for Bloomberg Buisnessweek in which he publicly came out as gay. Now, it appears that an anti-discrimination bill in Alabama is to be named after him. Reuters reports: Democratic state Representative Patricia Todd, Alabama’s sole openly gay lawmaker, said on Wednesday that Apple was initially hesitant about having Cook’s name on her bill, …

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple & Other Tech Companies Call For Government Surveillance Reform

About a year ago, the Reform Government Surveillance coalition was formed. Today, it includes AOL, Apple, Drobpbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo. The companies have since maintained a website on the issue, and have now penned an open letter to the U.S. Senate as the USA Freedom Act comes up for a vote. The companies say the …

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Google Adds ‘Show Me My Bills’ Voice Command

Google announced that the Google app now lets you tap the mic and say, “Show me my bills” or “My bills due this week” to get access to important billing information. The company said in a Google+ update: When you can’t remember whether you’ve paid your bills—or you simply can’t remember how much money you need to pay—you can now …

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Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That

Hey guys, meet my new favorite terrible state bill. Narrowly beating out the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois bill that’ll make your head spin, comes a bill to modify New Jersey state law to permit police officers to confiscate and search a driver’s cellphone when they are involved in an accident – simply if they feel the accident may …

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John McCain Talks ‘A la Carte’ Cable Bill, Says It’s About Lower Income Families [VIDEO]

As you may know, Arizona Senator John McCain has sponsored a bill that would take on cable and satellite TV providers by forcing a new “a la carte” system for consumers to pick and choose which channels they want to pay for. Of course, consumers now pay over a hundred dollars a month for hundreds of channels – many of …

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Meet the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois Bill That’ll Make Your Head Spin

State lawmakers all across the country busy at work crafting ridiculous, head-spinning laws can take the day off. There is no way they can top this. A new bill proposed in the Illinois State Senate looks to completely wipe out any form of anonymity on the internet by requiring that the operators of basically any website on the entire internet …

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Repeal Obamacare Bill Introduced by Michelle Bachmann

The 113th U.S. Congress were just sworn-in yesterday, and already House Republicans are reiterating their feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare.” Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has introduced a bill that would repeal Obamacare “in its entirety.” She also notes that her bill, currently known as H.R. 45, is the first bill introduced in …

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California Driverless Car Bill to Be Signed into Law at Google HQ

UPDATE: It’s been signed. Late last month, California’s SB 1298 landed on the Governor’s desk after being passed in both the Senate and the Assembly (37-0, 74-2, respectively). And today, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign the bill into law at Google Headquarters in Mountain View. Sergey Brin will be there, and you can watch the event at 1 pm …

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Should Congress Move To Ban Employers From Demanding Employees’ Facebook Passwords?

If your future employer or current boss asks you for your Facebook password, it might soon be against the law. That’s because there is new national legislation against the practice of employers demanding access to employees’ personal accounts. A group of Democrats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced similar legislation, and it’s flying under the …

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California Bill Banning Employers From Seeking Facebook Passwords Sees Full Support

This Facebook snooping by employers thing has really struck a nerve. Ever since it was reported that there was a rising trend in employers asking prospective employees to turn over their social media passwords for investigative purposes, legislatures at both the state and national level have taken action. Last month, a bill outlawing the practice passed in Maryland. Now, a …

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