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Congress passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
The House voted overwhelmingly on to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, sending President Biden legislation to enshrine June 19 as the national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, the end of slavery in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Read more
George Floyd’s family lobbies Biden for U.S. police reform on anniversary of death
Legislation has been pursued in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to increase the accountability or oversight of police, and 24 states have enacted new laws.
States Raced to Pass Police Reform Bills After George Floyd's Murder. Advocates Say Not Enough
Beyond its breadth, the legislation is notable for its speed. According to data legislators have introduced more than 3,000 policing policy bills, with significant legislation passing in 39 states as of late April.
Louisiana Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances To Senate Floor, One Step From Governor’s Desk
A bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in Louisiana that already passed the House was approved in a Senate committee on Tuesday, sending it to the full chamber for final passage.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Cedric Glover (D), would make it so possession of up to 14 grams of cannabis would be punishable by a $100 fine without the threat of jail time. It cleared the Senate Judiciary C Committee in a 3-2 vote.
VERIFY Weekly: One year after George Floyd was killed, here's where the US stands on police reform
WFMY – Greensboro, NC
Yes, there is a national database where people can check the status of a variety of police reform bills and current guidelines. It's called the National Conference of State Legislatures. People can check everything from executive orders to new policing methods that have been introduced. The database includes law enforcement legislation from all 50 states and also Washington D.C. It is free to use. There are several ways to search for legislation or topics, including by keyword, year and state.