Florida Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children from Exploitation and Combat Domestic Violence, Inspired by Gabby Petito’s Tragic Story

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a series of bills on Wednesday aimed at protecting children from exploitation and online predators, as well as a domestic violence bill inspired by the tragic killing of Gabby Petito. During a news conference in St. Petersburg, DeSantis signed five pieces of legislation. One of the bills, referred to as the “Gabby Petito Act” or SB 1224, requires law enforcement officers investigating domestic violence incidents to administer a lethality assessment under certain circumstances. The assessment involves asking a series of questions to determine if the victim … Read more

New Draft Legislation Puts Americans in Control of Personal Data Privacy

Washington, D.C. – Lawmakers from both political parties have taken a significant step towards giving Americans more control over their personal data and its usage by tech companies. After years of deliberation, draft national privacy legislation has been released by lawmakers from two congressional committees. The proposed bill, known as the American Privacy Rights Act, includes various policies that aim to empower internet users in the data sharing process. One of the key provisions of the legislation is the establishment of a national standard that allows individuals to determine where their personal information is sent. … Read more

Pennsylvania Senators Propose Comprehensive Legislation to Protect Sexually Exploited Children

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – State Senators Dan Laughlin and Cris Dush have announced their plan to introduce new legislation that aims to address gaps in the current safe harbor laws for sexually exploited children in Pennsylvania. The proposed legislation will extend the scope to cover all criminal offenses related to the exploitation of children, rather than specific offenses. This broader approach ensures that victims receive necessary assistance and protections, regardless of the circumstances. Laughlin, a Republican representing the 49th district, emphasized the need to change the legal treatment of sexually exploited children and implement provisions to … Read more

New Study Finds Medical Marijuana Legislation Improves Mental Health for Intended Users

Washington, D.C. – A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Basel has found that the approval of medical marijuana has had little impact on the mental health of the general population in the United States. However, the legalization of cannabis for therapeutic purposes has shown benefits for those who require it. The study aimed to determine the effects of medical cannabis legislation on the well-being of specific groups and its therapeutic value. Since the mid-1990s, most states in the U.S. have made access to marijuana easier, either through medical clearance or the … Read more