Supreme Court Questions Legality of Florida and Texas Laws Restricting Social Media Platform Policies

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court expressed doubts on Monday regarding the constitutionality of laws in Florida and Texas that prohibit social media platforms from removing content or users based on viewpoint. However, the justices appeared to struggle in deciding whether these laws infringe on free speech rights. Both Florida and Texas passed laws last year that aimed to regulate how social media companies moderate content on their platforms. These laws were seen as a response to the perception that conservative voices were being unfairly censored by tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter. … Read more

US Supreme Court Grapples with State Laws Impacting Social Media Content Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Supreme Court grappled on Monday with state laws that could impact how social media platforms regulate user content. The cases being heard this term have the potential to establish free speech standards in the digital age. During the four-hour argument session, the justices scrutinized laws recently enacted by Republican-led legislatures in Florida and Texas. The laws target concerns raised by conservatives that social media platforms favor liberal viewpoints and engage in censorship. Although the specifics of the laws differ, they both aim to address these grievances. The Texas law includes … Read more

Landslide Decision: Supreme Court Rejects Landlords’ Challenge to NYC’s Rent-Control Laws, Leaving Thousands of Tenants Secured

New York City, USA – The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a significant property rights challenge brought by a group of New York landlords, effectively upholding the city’s rent-control laws. These laws allow tenants to remain in apartments at below-market rates for extended periods of time. The landlords argued that the combination of rent regulation and long-term occupancy violated their constitutional rights. The lawsuit, filed by owners of small and midsize apartment buildings, claimed that recent amendments to the rent-control laws had stripped them of their ownership rights. The amendments, which were … Read more

Iowa House Passes Bill to Strengthen Compliance with Open Meetings and Records Laws

Davenport, Iowa – The Iowa House has overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at improving local government compliance with the state’s open meetings and open records laws. House File 2539, approved by 92 votes to 2 on February 22, would increase fines for members of a local government body who participated in an open meetings violation. The current range of fines, from $100 to $500, would be raised to a range of $500 to $2,500. Penalties would be even greater for those who “knowingly” participated in the violation, with fines between $5,000 and $12,500. In addition … Read more