City Council Member Continues Lawsuit Against Zoning Board Alleging Unlawful Variance for North Broad Street Apartment Building

Philadelphia, PA – Councilmember Jeffery Young is taking up the legal battle initiated by former City Council President Darrell L. Clarke against the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Clarke’s lawsuit alleges that the ZBA unlawfully granted a variance for a proposed apartment building on North Broad Street. Young, now representing the 5th District after Clarke’s retirement, has decided to continue the case based on the community’s request. The core issue revolves around a 225-unit apartment building proposed in 2019 by the Bock Development Group for 1451 N. Broad St. The site, largely vacant except for … Read more

Oregon Public Records Advocates Defeat Attempt to Create Broad Taxpayer Information Exemption

Portland, Oregon – Public records advocates in Oregon have successfully campaigned against legislation that would have created a new exemption to state transparency laws, potentially limiting access to important taxpayer information. House Bill 4031 contained a provision that sought to prevent local governments from disclosing any taxpayer information they possess. The proposed exemption, which faced strong opposition from advocates, raised concerns about the potential impact on government accountability and transparency. Critics argued that the provision would have created significant barriers for journalists, researchers, and the public in accessing vital information. The victory for public records … Read more

Appeals Court Reverses Ruling on Texas Law Granting Police Broad Powers in Arresting Migrants

Houston, Texas – The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling that temporarily halted a Texas law allowing police to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the United States. The decision has granted a temporary administrative stay for seven days, giving the federal government time to appeal to the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court does not intervene, the law will go into effect on March 9. Last week, U.S. District Judge David Ezra blocked the Texas law, which was supposed to take effect on March 5, marking a victory … Read more

Federal Judge Blocks Controversial Texas Law Granting Broad Powers to Arrest Migrants Entering the US

Del Rio, Texas – A federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a controversial state law that granted police wide-ranging powers to arrest migrants suspected of unlawfully entering the United States. The ruling represents a victory for the Biden administration in its ongoing dispute with Republican Governor Greg Abbott over immigration enforcement. The law, which was set to take effect on March 5, drew comparisons to Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” law of 2010. However, the U.S. Supreme Court partially struck down the Arizona law, leading some Texas Republican leaders to call … Read more