State Government Watchdog

Mississippi provides little transparency for civil asset forfeiture

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Accountability, Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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A survey of semiannual audits revealed Mississippi counties earned more than $36 million in fines and forfeitures.

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Libertarians, law enforcement debate civil asset forfeiture in Mississippi

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Members of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force head from experts, a prosecutor and law enforcement about proposed reforms in Mississippi.

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State looks to curb tyranny of the local majority

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Mayor Sylvester Turner could be setting himself up by looking into a municipal identification card program aimed at illegal immigrants.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner this week auditioned for a starring role in a conservative effort in the next legislative session to curb local government overreach. Turner said he is reviewing a call from immigration activists in Houston to create a municipal identification program, an effort to skirt a Supreme Court deadlock that sank President Barack Obama’s effort […]

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Jackson is closer to reforming restrictive taxi ordinance

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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While a new ordinance wasn’t forthcoming, agreement among Jackson City Council members on a taxi ordinance framework could bode well for reform.

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Wisconsin’s 80-year-old ‘Tied House’ rules strike again

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  News, Regulations, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Wisconsin is home to 121 craft breweries and over 80 wineries, all of which are being regulated by a three-tier system and “tied house” laws that date back to the end of Prohibition

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Will California vaccine mandate drive people from the state?

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  California, Health Care, Jobs + Growth, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Some parents are challenging California’s new vaccine mandate, while others plan to move. But medical experts say they have no reason to flee vaccines.

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