IN THE NEWS: NTSB seeks to lower legal drinking limit to .05

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Alcohol Laws, Blog Posts, DUI, In the News, Laws of Questionable Merit | 0 comments

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the limit for blood alcohol levels for drivers be lowered to 0.05.  The NTSB has also recommended that measures be taken to encourage broader use of interlock devices. Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the American Automobile Association have not yet endorsed the NTSB’s recommendations. In its report, the NTSB renewed its recommendation that all DUI/DWI offenders be required to...

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In the News: SC considers law banning Facebook for prisoners

Posted by on Mar 20, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Laws of Questionable Merit | 0 comments

The Associated Press reports that South Carolina is considering legislation that would limit prison inmates’ access to Facebook.  The law, if enacted, would prohibit inmates from accessing Facebook from inside the prison facility and from having friends or relatives create a Facebook page for them.  The news article notes that, “Facebook already prohibits third-party profiles and takes them down when they find out. The company also...

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In The News: States considering laws regulating distracted pedestrians

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Laws of Questionable Merit, Proposed Laws | 0 comments

The Associated Press reports that two states are considering legislation that would regulate and/or bring awareness to the perils of distracted walking.  New York and Arkansas lawmakers believe that walkers who use both earphones and walk while using cell phones and/or texting are a danger to themselves and others.  Some lawmakers indicate that their laws are “aimed more at increasing awareness than punishing pedestrians.” For more...

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In the News: PA Legislator proposes beer keg registration law

Posted by on Apr 1, 2009 in Alcohol Laws, Laws of Questionable Merit, Proposed Laws | 0 comments

Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart Greenleaf has introduced a bill requiring beer kegs to registered. Sen. Greenleaf has unsuccessfully proposed this bill for 16 years. Under the proposed law, those who buy kegs of beer would be required to fill out a form disclosing their name and address. The keg would be tagged with an identifying number keyed to the buyer’s information. Sen. Greenleaf contends that keg registration will help deter...

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In the News: PGH City Council bans porch sofas

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009 in Laws of Questionable Merit, News Update, Pittsburgh City Ordinances | 0 comments

**UPDATE FOR “In the News: PGH City Council considers ordinance banning porch sofas“ Pittsburgh City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance banning city residents from keeping upholstered furniture designed for indoor use on an unenclosed porch. The ordinance will now go to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for approval. (As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted, the ordinance’s “veto-proof majority suggests it will become part of...

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In the News: PGH City Council considers ordinance banning porch sofas

Posted by on Mar 11, 2009 in Laws of Questionable Merit, Pittsburgh City Ordinances | 0 comments

**UPDATED 3/12/2009** In response to couch-burning incidents that were reported in the wake of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victory, Pittsburgh City Council, in a preliminary vote, has unanimously agreed upon an ordinance prohibiting home owners from keeping upholstered furniture designed for indoor use in any unenclosed area outside of their homes. Violators would face a fine ranging from $200.00 – $500.00. Although the...

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