Jan 13, 2014, 8:23 pm EST
The U.S. Department of Justice will give around $8.4 million in grant money to organizations helping those impacted by last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.
The grant money will help cover costs for groups providing crisis intervention services, trauma care, legal services, social and economic support, and other victim assistance. Attorney General Eric Holder said the grant would affect people in the vicinity of the bombings, as well as residents in the neighborhood where a gunfight occurred between bombing suspects and police.
“This award will ensure that Boston and the state of Massachusetts can provide critical support to victims and their families as they work to restore a sense of normalcy to their lives,” Holder said in a press release today. Read
Jan 13, 2014, 2:18 pm EST
A Republican congressman is looking to pass a bill that would limit food stamps to able-bodied adults who work or volunteer.
The congressman called on Congress Sunday for the bill as the welfare program continues to grow, now with over 47 million people. The proposal would require able-bodied adults to work or volunteer in order to qualify for food stamps. Disabled people, children and seniors would be excluded from the plan.
While many people would be in favor of the bill, some believe that it’s a terrible idea. Republican Chris Van Hollen said that many of the households that receive food stamps are working households and the bill would cut billions from the program over the next decade. Read
Jan 10, 2014, 4:27 pm EST
Colorado lawmakers are making sure that people can’t use food stamps or public assistance payments to buy legal marijuana.
Republicans proposed a bill this week that prohibits recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can’t use their electronic benefit cards for cash in certain places. These include liquor stores, gun shops, casinos and now marijuana dispensaries because it wouldn’t be a good use of taxpayer money.
The legalization of cannabis for recreational use began Jan. 1 in Colorado but officials want to make sure that food stamps are not used for legal marijuana with the bill. Senate Bill 37 would follow federal law by banning public EBT use at adult-oriented entertainment establishments. Read
Jan 9, 2014, 10:57 am EST
Insane Clown Posse is suing the Department of Justice and the FBI.
Insane Clown Posse and the ACLU are suing the two organizations because they have labelled the groups fans, called Juggalos, as a gang. According to the the ACLU, this label has caused some of the band’s fans to be denied jobs. One Juggalo claims that he couldn’t join the military because the band’s logo, a hatchet man, was viewed as a gang symbol, reports The Chicago Tribune.
The lawsuit claims that the Department of Justice and the FBI violated the First Amendment rights of Juggalos and that they collected information on Insane Clown Posse’s fans without suspicion of criminal activity, The Tribune notes. Read
Jan 9, 2014, 10:13 am EST
On Wednesday the Utah governor’s office said that same-sex marriage licenses issued after a federal court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriages last month are essentially stuck in limbo.
The ruling stunned state officials, who sought to halt same-sex marriages while Utah appeals the decision. The U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay, stopping the issuance of any more licenses for same-sex marriage, while the appeals work their way through the courts, the New York Times notes.
About 1,300 couples have received same-sex marriage licenses since the federal court judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, the legal status of those marriages has been in question. Read