Marijuana Moment: Wisconsin Republicans announce bill to legalize limited use of medical marijuana.
More than a dozen Republican Wisconsin lawmakers announced on Wednesday that they are filing a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state.
Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R) and Rep. Patrick Snyder (R) are leading the bicameral effort, though advocates are already skeptical considering how the GOP-legislature has historically resisted and blocked cannabis reform.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Assembly approves overhauling Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission and barring bans on no-knock warrants.
On a voice vote, the Assembly approved Senate Bill 117, which would change how police and fire commissions in Milwaukee and Madison operate. Among other changes, police and firefighters unions would get a say in who sits on those commissions. . . .
As debate stretched into the evening, the Assembly on a 58-34 vote approved Assembly Bill 834, which would prohibit local governments from banning no-knock search warrants. The bill, which next goes to the Senate, would also require Milwaukee to use some of its federal pandemic relief funds on policing.
Milwaukee has banned no-knock warrants and Evers has called for banning them statewide. His stance appears to guarantee he will veto the legislation if it gets to him.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Vos' attorney did not monitor Gableman's compliance on open records.
Associated Press: Legislature makes Wisconsin the 16th state to call for federal constitutional convention.
“We’re setting in motion a process that we cannot control and we do not know the end of,” argued Republican Sen. Roger Roth, of Appleton, the only lawmaker to speak Tuesday. “Using this vehicle to address these issues is setting in motion the possibility to unravel and destroy the Constitution as we know it.”
The Guardian: Oil companies say Maryland consumer protection litigation will impact oil supply.
At a closely watched appeals court hearing to decide whether a lawsuit by the city of Baltimore should be heard in state or federal court, an attorney for BP, Exxon, Shell and other energy firms painted the case as a threat to America’s energy independence.
Kannon Shanmugam, representing the industry, told the court that if the city were to succeed in state court, and win billions of dollars in compensation, that could kill offshore drilling. . . .
Karen Sokol, a law professor at Loyola University who specialises in climate litigation, called the claim one of a number of “scare tactics” deployed by the oil industry as it fights to move the Baltimore case and other cases out of state jurisdictions, where consumer protection and other laws favour the plaintiffs, and into federal courts, where the fossil fuel companies believe they have the advantage.
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