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New York City was one of the first jurisdictions to refuse to cooperate with federal detainers request for deportation, while the federal government is still sorting through the mire of immigration reform.  Federal detainers—or requests to hold someone who is in the United States without the appropriate paperwork, have been a point of contention for several local and state law enforcement agencies who argue a lack of manpower to enforce these detainers.
Kentucky, Arizona, Missouri and Indiana are just a few states that have passed recent legislation allowing companies that offer loans to individuals with subpar credit to increase their interest rates and origination fees.
Children piled into Florida Governor Rick Scott’s office with over 90,000 petitions demanding the governor to announce his plan for fighting climate change.  The petitions also called for a reduction in carbon emissions and increased investment in solar powers, action that would help the states comply with regulations that were developed by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year.
Infrastructure issues are taking center stage in Mississippi where lawmakers are calling for increased funding to repair state and local bridges.  The Mississippi Department of Transportation has estimated that it would cost $700 million to fix 700 posted bridges with weights limits.  The weight limits are impacting the state’s loggers and farmers that are forced to use alternate routes because they cannot use the bridges.
The U.S. Department of Justice is launching an investigation into the Baltimore police department amidst complaints of brutality and excessive force.  An investigation by the Baltimore Sun found that taxpayers paid more than $11 million in settlements, lawsuits and legal fees as a results of complaints filed on police brutality.
CDC officials will be sending in assistance to Ohio to help local and state epidemiologists track down individuals who may have come in contact with a health worker who had contracted the Ebola virus.  The nurse had been on staff in Dallas treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who contracted the virus on a trip to Liberia.  Contacts are being tracked down to see if they have any symptoms and to take possible steps if necessary.
Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska’s bans on gay marriage have been struck down after federal judges in Arizona and Wyoming struck them down.  The Supreme Court in a set of cases denied hearing appeals of gay marriage bans struck down in Alaska and other states.
A federal circuit court of appeals struck down a ballot measure passed by voters in 2006 that denies bail to undocumented immigrants that have been charged with “serious” crimes.  The law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the grounds that it was unconstitutional.  The federal circuit court held that the law violated the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, failed to address an acute problem and was applicable to an overly broad range of crimes.
Covered California, California’s health exchange has sent over 10,000 pre-termination notices to individuals who failed to submit proof of citizenship or residency after signing up for health insurance.  Under the Affordable Care Act, undocumented individuals are not eligible for health coverage, however there is still time for proper documentation to be submitted and prevent a disruption.
The parents of children attending private school through a voucher program have petitioned the court to join an ongoing lawsuit that has been filed by teachers union, PTA boards, school board associations and others.  The complaint argues that the voucher program is unconstitutional because it redirects public funds to private schools and creates a separate system of state-funded schools.  Parents want full-party status in the lawsuit because they believe they will suffer a real harm if the program is taken away, as many of them have only been able to send their children to private schools through the vouchers.