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Friday October 1st, 2021 morning edition

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A key House committee on Thursday approved a bill to federally legalize marijuana and promote social equity.

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act cleared the House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by the legislation’s sponsor, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), on a 26-15 vote.

Read Chairman @RepJerryNadler's opening statement for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act here: — House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) September 30, 2021.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said that “this is an important criminal justice reform bill, and I commend the chairman for once again introducing this bill and bringing it before the committee.

Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) voiced opposition to the proposal, calling it a “radical, out-of-touch Democrat priority” and a “marijuana stimulus bill.”.

We can’t say that marijuana enforcement was happening the same way on the corner than it was happening in the fraternity house,” he said.

Separately, a proposal to federally deschedule marijuana that does not include social equity components was filed by a pair of Republican congressmen in May. »

California enacts law to strip badges from bad officers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has joined the vast majority of states in setting up a way to strip the badges of police officers who act criminally or with bias, a change that was among several criminal justice reforms signed into law Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The law allowing the decertification of poor officers comes 18 years after lawmakers stripped away that power from a state police standards commission.

“We cannot allow officers who demonstrate gross misconduct to continue to be members of the law enforcement profession; their licenses must be revoked,” Marvel said. »

The trainwreck of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is the cost of not getting money out of politics

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The eager worker who showed up during the coronavirus summer of 2020 was no ordinary summer intern, but a then-44-year-old United States senator: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

Instead, they learned she was at an undisclosed location holding another fundraiser with five business groups that oppose the middle-class boosting legislation.

She now sees herself as an independent “maverick” like her home state’s Republican legend, the late Sen. John McCain. »