HHS Office for Civil Rights Proposes Changes to Section 1557 Rules: What Health Care Providers Need to Know  JD SupraOn May 24, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced its proposed changes to the regulations issued under Section 1557 of the ...

Civil rights groups sue Florida over 'poll tax' law to restore felon voter rights  NBC NewsA group of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida Friday after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would require felons to pay ...

Florida Prosecutors Fight GOP Voter Suppression  The InterceptThe GOP legislature is trying to take the vote away from people with past legal woes — and some prosecutors are looking for ways around a new restriction.

Florida Law Throws Voter Rights Restoration Into Chaos  TruthoutThe new law makes it impossible for returning citizens to know whether they are eligible to vote.

Florida Governor Introduces a Poll Tax, Curtailing Amendment 4  ACLUOn November 6, 2018, nearly 65 percent of Florida voters—more than 5 million people—resoundingly approved Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to over a ...

Voting Rights Group Raising Money To Pay Former Convicts’ Fees  CBS MiamiORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – A voting rights group is raising money to help former Florida felons pay their outstanding fees and fines that could prevent them ...

Florida civil rights groups file suit claiming new felons voting law is 'racially discriminatory'  Orlando WeeklyShortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an omnibus elections bill Friday, a coalition of voting-rights and civil-rights groups announced they had filed a federal ...

Tampa State Attorney's Proposed 'Rocket Docket' Would Help Ex-offenders Get Voting Rights Back  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeLast November, Florida voters passed an amendment to the state constitution that automatically restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies (except ...

Republican attack on voting rights restoration amendment faces lawsuit  The South Florida TimesGAINESVILLE, Fla. — The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Brennan Center for Justice at ...

The Complicated Collision of Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Rights  The TraceIdeological lines get tangled when reforming the system means people once barred from owning firearms can get them back.

Ford launches campaign to publicize automatic voting rights restoration bill  The Nevada IndependentAttorney General Aaron Ford is launching a public awareness campaign to inform an estimated 77,000 formerly incarcerated Nevadans that they will have their ...

Did a Rick Scott loyalist just force a judge to recuse himself in felon voting case?  Miami HeraldThe judge overseeing a challenge to Republican-backed restrictions to restoring felon voting rights recused himself from the case after the Broward supervisor of ...

Some felons have two options to regain voting rights  Glasgow Daily TimesEditor's note: This is the second in a two-part series. The first report was about removal of voting rights for felons, and this one is about how that right can.

Rights Groups Sue After Florida Gov. Signs Bill Curbing Voter-Mandated Felon Re-enfranchisement  Democracy Now!Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday requiring formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to ...

Florida makes the restoration of voting rights contingent on criminal debt payments  NationofChangeFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a measure approved by state lawmakers that makes the restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies ...

In Knick v. Township of Scott, a restoration for civil liberty  Washington ExaminerIn the famous 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall wrote, “The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the right of every ...

Felon Voter Registration Continues As Advocacy Group Raises Money To Pay Fees And Fines  WLRNThousands of felons throughout the state are now eligible to vote, thanks to Amendment 4 and Governor Ron DeSantis signing the implementing bill into law.

How to fight the spread of voter suppression | TheHill  The HillThe Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision gutted the Voting Rights Act, the most effective tool to prevent racial discrimination in our elections that the ...

A revolution gone wrong: Daniel Ortega’s government stands accused of repression and worse  Irish TimesNicaragua's opposition remains defiant as Daniel Ortega comes under pressure to restore civil liberties.

Descendants of slaves and slave owners discover legacy of Maryland’s Sotterley Plantation  The Washington PostFor years, tour guides at Sotterley Plantation would show the manor house and skip over the slave cabin on the property. Tour groups were not told that as many ...

Ukraine fury as Russia gets back Council of Europe voting rights  BBC NewsFive years after Russia had its voting rights removed because of the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly has ...

Panel okays voting rights for former prisoners, parolees  Capitol WeeklyFormer state and federal prisoners, including those on parole, would have the right to vote in California, under a constitutional amendment approved by an ...

Birmingham Celebrates Historic A.G. Gaston Motel Anniversary  WBHMReverend Martin Luther King Jr. often planned strategy for the civil rights movement in room 30 at the A.G. Gaston Motel. For others, it was a place for wedding.

New elections law 'a throwback to Jim Crow-era policies,' say voting rights advocates  Orlando WeeklyChief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker held an initial telephone hearing Friday in what could be a drawn-out legal battle over a portion of the new elections law ...

Voting Rights: The Citizenship Fight To Come  TPMThe battleground has shifted around the Trump administration's efforts to use the Census Bureau to undercut the political power of immigrant communities.

US day of mourning to commemorate 20 million black lives lost to abortion  LifesiteThe event draws attention to abortion giant Planned Parenthood's targeting of black babies under what organizers call a 'plan of extermination.'

Blame lawmakers, not Amendment 4 language, for disenfranchising voters | Opinion  Florida TodayLeague of Women Voters president responds to op-ed.

$12 million settlement restores original names to Yosemite landmarks, including famed Ahwahnee Hotel  New York Daily NewsA $12 million settlement reached between a former concessionaire and the National Park *Service* has restored the iconic original names of the *service* ...

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is opening a new exhibit honoring the legacy of AG Gaston on July 2  Bham NowOpening reception for the new exhibition “A.G. Gaston: The Man and His Legacy" is June 30, 3:00PM at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever  The AtlanticIf multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere.

Parliament speaker rejects motion to restore Rakhine internet access  Myanmar TimesMyanmar's parliament speaker U T Khun Myat rejected an emergency proposal on Thursday asking the government to restore internet access in northern ...

Week in Review: Louvre Removes Sackler Name, Beloved Founder of African-American Museum Killed  HyperallergicAlso, Ai Weiwei won his suit against Volkswagen, there was a deadly arson attack at a Kyoto animation studio, and more. Jasmine WeberJuly 19, 2019.

Virginia governor’s civil rights restoration efforts are underwhelming, activists say  ThinkProgressAs Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) struggles to recover from the backlash to a racist yearbook photo that resurfaced earlier this month, he is touting his work ...

9 states where the rules for voting have been changed or challenged ahead of 2020  NBC NewsThe race for 2020 begins with determining who is allowed to vote. Rules in several states, including the presidential battleground of Florida, have changed.

Kirby fined $2.2 million for British Columbia grounding, fuel spill  WorkBoatA Canadian court has fined Houston,Texas-based Kirby Offshore Marine Corp. $2.9 million (US $2.2 million) for the October 2016 grounding and fuel spill of the ...

For a second time, Florida has taken away Bonnie Raysor’s vote. She’s fighting to get it back.  ThinkProgressBonnie Raysor had her heart set on voting next year, a decade after losing her right to participate in the most cherished ritual of the American democratic ...

Montecito Creek Water Company Settles Environmental Violations  Santa Barbara EdhatSource: Santa Barbara County District Attorney. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today the resolution of an ...

Civil Rights Advocates Consider Litigation Over Voting Rights Restoration Bills | Daily Business Review  Law.comProposed legislation in the Florida House and Senate have some gearing up for potential lawsuits over the right of ex-felons' voting rights.

Most Kentucky felons would have voting rights restored under new bill  Courier JournalMost convicted felons in Kentucky would have their voting rights automatically restored after completing their sentences, parole and probation under a bill filed ...

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida  ReutersTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ...

Amendment 4: Florida House passes bill requiring ex-felons pay civil judgments before rights restored  Orlando SentinelIn one of the most-divisive issues of the 2019 legislative session, the House on Wednesday approved a plan for carrying out a constitutional amendment ...

Florida Amendment 4 results: ex-felon voting rights restored via ballot initiative  Vox.comFlorida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of ...

Civil rights groups join lawsuit to fight Kentucky's felon voter ban  Courier JournalKentucky has some of the nation's highest rates of residents who can't vote because of felony convictions — but a recent federal lawsuit is seeking to change ...

Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?  Miami HeraldRepublicans in the Florida Legislature advanced a bill that would require felons to pay back all court fees and costs before being eligible to vote, even if those ...

Florida Felons Want Their Voting Rights Restored  The AtlanticA ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from ...

Florida Felons Once Denied Rights Begin Registering to Vote  The New York TimesTuesday marked the first day for former felons in Florida to register in vote, following a historic ballot measure that restored their rights.

Reading Buttigieg Told Me Everything I Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Race  The NationMayor Pete Buttigieg at his office in South Bend, Indiana, on January 10, 2019. (AP Photo / dpa, Nam Y. Huh). Ready to fight back? Sign up for Take Action Now ...

Here's what you haven't heard about restoring ex-felons' voting rights: Analysis  Orlando SentinelThe analysis "Civil Rights Restoration in Florida and Amendment 4" addresses some of the glaring gaps in the public discourse on ex-felons' rights and more.

Amendment 4 in Florida restored voting rights to felons. Now that's back in doubt.  NBCNews.comOn Thursday, Florida lawmakers voted along party lines to advance a bill that could bar from the ballot box many of the estimated 1.5 million convicted felons ...

Florida House passes bill that would require ex-felons pay all fees before exercising voting rights  CNNThe Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would restore voting rights for ex-felons on the condition that they first pay all fees, fines ...

US wants to 'deepen' relations with new Thai government  CoconutsThe U.S. government said it supports Thailand's new government in a statement issued yesterday following the first meeting of the new cabinet. Secretary of ...

Northam announces voting rights restoration to 10K convicted felons  WHSVMore than 10000 people have had their right to vote restored since Gov. Ralph Northam took office, the governor announced Tuesday.

People pushed for a museum on Miami’s Virginia Key. Now there’s a fund to run it  Miami HeraldCity of Miami steps up and creates a fund to operate a historic civil rights museum on Virginia Key, site of Miami's first blacks-only beach. The move unlocked ...

The Fight for Voting Rights in Florida Isn’t Over  The New YorkerDaniel A. Gross writes about Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights of Florida residents with felony convictions, and Senate Bill 7066, which Florida's ...

Restoration of Birmingham's AG Gaston Motel, a "sacred" civil rights landmark, is underway  Bham NowToday, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement's most treasured landmarks - the A.G. Gaston Motel.

Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons' voting rights  Tampa Bay TimesSARASOTA — Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it ...

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?  The New York TimesA referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state's electorate.

‘A joyous day’ ahead as 1.4 million Florida ex-felons have voting rights restored  Washington PostSARASOTA — One of the largest enfranchisements of U.S. citizens in the past century begins Tuesday in Florida, and many of the more than 1.4 million ...

Why the restoration of felons’ voting rights in Florida is a big deal  The EconomistAmendment 4 is a boon for democracy in the Sunshine State.

Nora Demleitner: Codifying rights restoration now imperative | Guest Columnist  Virginian-PilotTHE POSSIBILITY of an (unelected) Republican governor, with the three top Democratic officials facing scrutiny of their past, forces Virginia to confront another ...

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Coverage on NPR  WWNOFifty years ago this month, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 crew members Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

Fines and fees provisions at odds with the language and intent of Amendment 4 | Commentary  Orlando SentinelThe debate over whether voting rights should be restored after fines and fees are paid misses the original intent of Florida's Amendment 4.

Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights  Cronkite NewsThe years paying off their debt to society is just the starr for ex-felons who are trying to regain their votiing rights - they face more years and hurdles in Arizona, ...

Florida GOP could limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comLast year, Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records. The Florida House passed a bill requiring them to pay all court ...

Florida Republicans limit Amendment 4’s expansion of voting rights  Vox.comAfter weeks of debate and over the objection of several voting and civil rights groups, the Florida Legislature has passed a measure requiring people with felony ...

Groups protest 'anti-civil rights' bills in Florida House  Miami HeraldAbout a dozen groups protesting “anti-civil rights” bills on topics from immigration to school vouchers to the restoration of felons voting rights exploded into ...

Felony convictions block too many from voting and jobs access, federal civil rights report finds  Tampa Bay TimesFelony convictions have too much of an impact on access to voting rights, employment and social services, but Florida shows a promising change, according to ...

What the Attention Economy Does to Workers—and How It Drives America Insane  Pacific StandardTwo new books argue that the attention economy is unsustainable—for people, and for the planet.

Florida Legislature Proposes Limits On Restoring Felon Voting Rights  NPRFlorida voters passed a referendum to restore voting rights to felons. The Republican-led legislature is considering bills that would place limits on who would be ...

Governor Northam Continues McAuliffe's Felon Voting Rights Restoration  Community Idea StationsGovernor Ralph Northam has restored voting rights to ex-felons at a slower clip than his predecessor, a shift his office attributes to a clearing out of old requests ...

Tennessee considers easing felon voting rights restoration  WREG NewsChannel 3Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.

Franklin Graham Speaks Out against the Equality Act, Says it Will Have 'Catastrophic Consequences'  Christianheadlines.comRev. Franklin Graham is voicing opposition to pushes by the LGBT community for the passage of the Equality Act. According to Life Site News, Graham said the ...

Teaching Youth to Tell Their Stories  Next CityStorycatchers uses musical theater and storytelling to help youth tell their personal stories of trauma. Now, it is working to transform the roots of that trauma by ...

Orlando's Desmond Meade honored by TIME magazine for his efforts to restore the voting rights of Florida felons  Orlando WeeklyTIME Magazine released its annual list of "The 100 Most Influential People in The World," and Desmond Meade, the Orlando-based executive director of the ...

His gun rights were restored in Virginia after serving a sentence. Now he can't buy a gun in Wisconsin  Milwaukee Journal SentinelA former Virginia resident's felony conviction there prohibits him from having a gun in Wisconsin despite having that right restored in Virginia, the Court of ...

Restoration of Voting Rights Could Cost Florida Felons  GoverningBy Tampa Bay Times. If you ask former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake, the hundreds of dollars in court fees convicted felons have to pay are not part ...

Republicans represent almost none of the places most immigrants live  CNNPresident Donald Trump's openly racist and xenophobic attacks on four Democratic House women of color, like his threatened immigration enforcement raids in ...

Amendment to restore Virginia felons’ voting rights dies along party lines  WTKR News 3For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states -- joining only Kentucky and Iowa -- with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

Florida Legislature can still get Amendment 4 right | Opinion  Tallahassee.comWhat began in reaction to Florida's highly restrictive civil rights restoration process for ex-offenders ultimately became Amendment 4.

Colorado could restore voting rights to 9,000 felons this year  The Colorado IndependentColorado isn't planning to let people vote from prison any time soon, but about 9,000 convicted felons could win back their right to vote in time for the 2019 ...

Tennessee felon voting rights restoration bill advances  NewsChannel5.comNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A House ...

With Amendment 4 finally law, new strategy emerges to help ex-felons get the vote  TCPalmThe coalition's plans are in their infancy but they represent a strategic way to work around punitive legislative decisions.

40 Florida Ex-Felons Get Civil Rights Restored At Clemency Board Meeting  WUFTForty ex-felons had their civil rights restored at Florida's Executive Clemency Board meeting Thursday. It was the first Executive Clemency Board meeting to ...

Florida’s Amendment 4 Would Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People  The InterceptOn Tuesday voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to 1.4 million of Florida's 1.68 million convicted felons.

Bill to automatically restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated touted by Assembly speaker  The Nevada IndependentSponsored by Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, AB431 would end the state's byzantine legal structure for the restoration of voting rights for ...

Free, weekly legal defense clinics give convicted felons a second chance  Arizona Daily StarThe Pima County Public Defender's Office is hosting free, weekly legal defense clinics, giving convicted felons a second chance at a *fresh* start.

The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy  The NationLast fall, voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum giving the vote back to felons who complete their sentences. Now the legislature is trying to block it.

Trying to Restore the Vote to Prisoners Hurts More Than It Helps  SlateThere is also already momentum for change on this issue.

What is Amendment 4 on Florida ballot? It affects restoration of felons’ voting rights  Bradenton HeraldAmendment 4 on the Election 2018 ballot in Florida would restore voting rights to former felons who have completed their sentences. It would not apply to people ...

Nevada passes bill to automatically restore felons' voting rights upon release from prison  Reno Gazette JournalBill advances despite loud concerns from state Senate Republicans.

Leader of movement to restore voting rights to past convicts in Florida will speak in Naples  Naples Daily NewsDesmond Meade will be the keynote speaker at a criminal justice reform forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.

OPINION EXCHANGE | Earlier restoration of felons' right to vote would be wrong  Star TribuneA push to let such offenders regain the right while still on parole or probation focuses more on what is seen as good for them than on the rights of law-abiding ...

The Racist Roots of Denying Incarcerated People Their Right to Vote  ACLUDo you want the Boston marathon bomber to vote?” is a provocative question that acts as a smokescreen concealing the real issue — why and when did ...

Desmond Meade helps restore voting rights to millions of ex-felons across Florida | Central Floridian of the Y  Orlando SentinelGenerally speaking, the most compelling parts of a story are the beginning and the end. But Desmond Meade, the Orlando resident-turned-social activist, has a ...

Push to restore felon voting rights in Minnesota gains momentum, key supporters  Star TribuneMinnesota is one of 22 states where felons cannot vote until they complete post-incarceration supervision. The change could affect as many as 60000 on ...

Amendment 4 will give felons their lives back, and save the rest of us money  Miami HeraldFlorida's 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and a second ...

Florida to Gain 1.4 Million Voters if Felon Measure Passes  The Wall Street JournalMIAMI—Florida voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to restore voting rights for an estimated 1.4 million people with felony records, and supporters of the measure ...

Amendment 4 is happening: Ex-felons can register to vote Tuesday  Tampa Bay TimesDespite hedging from Florida's Republican leaders, an amendment that allows eligible former felons to register to vote will go into effect on Tuesday, Tampa Bay ...

'It's always later than you think'  www.businessgreen.comMichael Gove's speech on the environmental crisis - in full.

HHS Proposes To Strip Gender Identity, Language Access Protections From ACA Anti-Discrimination Rule  Health AffairsOn May 24, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new proposed rule to dramatically revise the ...