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Census Bureau Releases 2016 Determinations for Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

“The U.S. Census Bureau released today a list of 263 jurisdictions across the nation that must provide language assistance during elections for groups of citizens who are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process. These determinations are pursuant to specifications, as amended in July 2006, in the Voting Rights Act. The list, published in the Federal Register, identifies which jurisdictions are covered by Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act and must provide language assistance for Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian language groups. The Census Bureau has made these determinations following each decennial census since Section 203 was enacted in 1975. In 2006, Congress specified that the Census Bureau use statistics from the American Community Survey following the 2010 Census to conduct these determinations every five years. The determinations released today use data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. The 263 covered jurisdictions make up 3.3 percent of the 2,919 counties and 4,943 minor civil divisions that comprise the political subdivisions in the United States which were calculated for the Section 203 determinations. There are 68,800,641 eligible voting-age citizens in the covered jurisdictions, or 31.3 percent of the total U.S. citizen voting-age population. The 2016 determinations found a total national population of 21,739,327 voting-age citizens subject to minority language assistance that reside in the 263 covered jurisdictions, compared with 19,209,431 and 248 jurisdictions in 2011, an increase of 13.2 percent. The determinations found a total of 16,621,136 Hispanics, 4,760,782 Asians, and 357,409 American Indian and Alaska Native voting-age citizens in the covered jurisdictions. A complete list of which jurisdictions are covered, including which language minority groups are included, can be found in the Federal Register Notice. In support of this Federal Register Notice, and as done with past publications of the Section 203 language determinations, the Census Bureau is releasing a set of public files presenting the underlying data used to construct these determinations.  This file and information about this file can be downloaded from the Census Redistricting Data program website at <www.census.gov/rdo/data/voting_rights_determination_file.html.”

GPO releases digital version of bound Congressional Record 1981-1990

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress (LC) to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1981-1990 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 98th thru the 101st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: Ronald Reagan’s Presidency and the… Continue Reading

Senate Sends Legislation Protecting Consumer Reviews to President

News release: “The U.S. Senate [November 28, 2016], by unanimous consent, sent bicameral legislation to the White House for the President’s signature that will outlaw the use of “gag clauses” in non-negotiable form contracts. Some businesses have attracted national scrutiny for using gag clauses to punish or silence honest criticism of products and services. The… Continue Reading

Implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU institutional framework

This research paper was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs and commissioned, overseen and published by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, 2016. “The EU institutions are required take into account the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the design and implementation of legislation or of policies, both within law… Continue Reading

UK bill opens government sweeping access to citizen browsing history

Belfast Telegraph – “The Investigatory Powers Bill…forces internet providers to keep a full list of Internet Connection Records (ICRs) for a year, and make them available to the government if it asks….Those include expected law enforcement organisations like the police, the military and the secret service – but also contain bodies like the Food Standards… Continue Reading

New blog on financial regulatory reform

“President-Elect Trump’s transition website promises to “dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and replace it with new policies to encourage economic growth and job creation.” To help our clients keep up with the reorientation of the financial regulatory framework, Davis Polk is launching a new blog, FinRegReform.com. Our most recent entry on the blog is our memorandum… Continue Reading

FBI 2015 Hate Crime Statistics

“Congress mandates the collection of hate crime data  – On April 23, 1990, Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act, 28 U.S.C. § 534, which required the Attorney General to collect data “about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” The Attorney General delegated the responsibilities of developing… Continue Reading

Executive Power – A guide to researching executive and presidential power in the U.S.

Meg Kribble – Harvard Law School – “This guide provides recommended resources and tips on strategy for researching executive and presidential power in the United States. Some best bets for getting started are listed below on this page. The guide contains links to resources that may be limited to the Harvard Law School and/or University… Continue Reading

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program. Namrata K. Uberoi, Analyst in Health Care Financing; Edward C. Liu, Legislative Attorney. November 16, 2016. “Section 1341 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended) establishes a transitional reinsurance program that is designed to provide payment to non-grandfathered,… Continue Reading

FTC Enforcement Policy Statement – Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Drugs

“The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new “Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Homeopathic Drugs.”  The policy statement was informed by an FTC workshop held last year to examine how such drugs are marketed to consumers. The FTC also released its staff report on the workshop, which summarizes the panel presentations… Continue Reading

Strategy and Additional Actions Needed to Help Ensure Agencies Use the Do Not Pay Working System as Intended

Improper Payments: Strategy and Additional Actions Needed to Help Ensure Agencies Use the Do Not Pay Working System as Intended, GAO-17-15: Published: Oct 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2016. “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in coordination with the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), developed the Do Not Pay (DNP) working system as… Continue Reading

Politico 45 – A Daily Diary of the Presidential Transition

Politico’s new blog provides daily updates on the web and via email alerts. The focus is on daily meetings that include Pres-Elect Trump and or members of his team, transition plans, personnel under consideration for cabinet and administration positions, and plans for legislative initiatives. Continue Reading