Ohio Cities File Lawsuit Challenging State Law Stripping Local Tobacco Regulations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Filing a lawsuit on Wednesday, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is leading a legal challenge against a recently passed state law that aims to strip away the authority of cities in Ohio to regulate the sale of tobacco products at the local level. This lawsuit is supported by 13 other Ohio cities, including Bexley, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. The ban, which is scheduled to take effect on April 23, was approved after lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation earlier this year. Under the newly enacted law, Ohio cities would no longer … Read more

Iowa Takes a Stand: New Law Strengthens Regulations on Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa has taken action to address the issue of foreign agricultural land ownership by passing a new law. Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill on Tuesday, granting the state attorney general subpoena power to prevent foreign adversaries, such as China, from investing in Iowa farmland. Governor Reynolds emphasized the need for vigilance against foreign entities seeking to exploit American agriculture. She stated that the acquisition of American farmland by foreign groups is a common weapon used to assert dominance over the country. Iowa, with its fertile soil and exceptional production capacity, … Read more

Georgia Legislators Pass Stringent Immigration Regulations Following Tragic Student Fatality

ATLANTA, Georgia – Lawmakers in Georgia have recently passed stricter regulations on immigration, spurred by the tragic killing of a student. The new rules aim to clamp down on undocumented immigrants and bolster public safety. The legislation, known as the “Georgia Immigration Enforcement Act,” has been a subject of intense debate among politicians and citizens alike. Under the new law, local law enforcement officers will face increased pressure to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. They will be granted expanded powers to detain individuals suspected of being in the country illegally. Moreover, the legislation requires businesses … Read more

Property Owners Take Legal Action Against Athens-Clarke Commissioners’ Regulations on Short-term Rentals

Athens, Georgia – A group of short-term rental property owners in Athens-Clarke County have taken legal action against the county commissioners. The property owners filed a lawsuit on Monday, alleging that the new regulations imposed by the commissioners are unconstitutional and violate their property rights. The controversy stems from new rules that were implemented to address concerns about the impact of short-term rentals on residential neighborhoods. The regulations include restrictions on the number of guests allowed, parking requirements, and licensing fees. According to the lawsuit, the property owners argue that the regulations are overly burdensome … Read more