Crime

While CSG supports efforts by Congress to promote economic growth by safeguarding intellectual property, it has not endorsed either the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) currently being considered in Congress. 

Consider these statistics from the CDC’s first National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, released this week: “1 in 4 women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner while 1 in 7 men experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.”

The 2010 survey is the first year of the survey and provides baseline data that will be used to track trends in sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence. It includes detailed state tables that give “lifetime estimates of the prevalence of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence.” Here is Suggested State Legislation on domestic violence.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 16 approved the first gun-related effort since the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January. House Resolution 822 would create a national standard for the right to carry concealed firearms, effectively allowing nonresidents of a state to carry a concealed weapon as long as the person possesses a concealed weapons permit from any of the other 49 states.

Crime knows no boundaries.  This session featured a discussion with attorneys general who are working to protect public safety at home by increasing cooperation with their North American counterparts.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments (CSG) requests the federal government to pursue opportunities to reduce intellectual property theft through federal and state enforcement efforts directed at rogue websites which operate fraudulently and harm American businesses and consumers.

This Act prohibits minors from using an electronic communication device, such as a cell phone, to possess, transmit or distribute a sexual image of themselves or of another minor. It includes in the definition of “cyberbullying” the use of electronic communication to transmit or distribute a sexual image of a minor. 

Congress is scheduled to reconvene for what is sure to be a historically busy fall session next week. With the creation of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, and the president set to address a joint session of Congress this Thursday to lay out his plan for economic recovery, the next few weeks may set the political tenor for the months, and perhaps years, to come.

Later this year, Wisconsin will become the 49th U.S. state that allows citizens to carry concealed weapons.  Now, 10 of the 11 Midwestern states are concealed-carry, "shall issue" states.

Later this year, Wisconsin will become the 49th U.S. state that allows citizens to carry concealed weapons.  Now, 10 of the 11 Midwestern states are concealed-carry, "shall issue" states.

July 27th – the deadline for states to substantially implement Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 – has come and gone.  And so far, only 14 states were reported to be in compliance by the deadline.

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