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State Rep. Lanny Fite to seek re-election, Support tax cuts

State Representative Lanny Fite announced his intent to seek a fifth term in the Arkansas State House of Representatives. Fite is currently serving his fourth term as a State Representative in District 23, which includes a portion of Saline County. He currently serves as chair of the House Committee on...
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U.S. House Approves SAFE Banking Act as Part of Military Spending Bill in Historic Vote

The U.S. House approved the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act on Thursday in a bipartisan 316-113 vote as part of the latest National Defense Authorization Act, a military spending bill. It’s the fifth time the legislation has been approved in the House as a standalone bill or an amendment as part of larger legislation. Since statewide cannabis reform has been enacted over the past four decades, cannabis businesses still are not fully tolerated, most evidently in federal restrictions, such as the way banking is restricted. Representative Ed Perlmutter re-introduced the bill, as promised, saying that it would allow cannabis businesses to access the banking system—like any other industry—and would bring more money into the economy and offer the opportunity to create good-paying jobs. On September 21, the House Rules Committee approved the SAFE Banking Act as they sifted through over 800 amendments filed for the $778 billion FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to determine which ones will get a floor vote. As Representative Perlmutter sits in the Rules Committee, the move suggests he has influence. Currently, The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Guidance from the Department of the Treasury provides informal guidance on banking with cannabis businesses, but still nothing to immunize a financial institution from federal prosecution—only an act of Congress can do that. Bloomberg reported that the SAFE Banking Act would be a boon for cannabis companies—which up until now have been forced to do business in cash thanks to federal banking restrictions. Cannabis-adjacent companies that provide financial services agreed. “Passage of the SAFE Banking Act is a historic, significant step forward for the cannabis industry, which deserves more legitimacy and access to banking, insurance and other services just like any other mainstream industry. This legislation will open up much-needed access to financial institutions and…
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Proposed Bill Would Bring Balance Of Power Over National Security

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress aims to bring back the balance of power with the president, according to the co-authors of the bill. Congressman James P. McGovern, D-MA, chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-MI, ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management & Accountability, introduced the National Security Reforms and Accountability Act (NSRAA) on Thursday.
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House Will Vote On Marijuana Banking Reform As Part Of Defense Bill

The full U.S. House of Representative will vote on an amendment to protect banks that service cannabis businesses from being penalized by federal regulators, a key committee decided on Tuesday. The House Rules Committee made in order the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022, clearing it for floor consideration, which is expected later this week. Advocates are disappointed, however, that other cannabis and psychedelics reform measures were blocked by the panel. One stalled amendment would have promoted research into the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA for active duty military members. Another would have codified that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) couldn’t deny home loan benefits to veterans just because they work in the cannabis industry. Last week, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) had filed a separate amendment to require VA to conduct a clinical trial into the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for veterans with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the congressman withdrew it from consideration prior to an initial committee meeting on the defense legislation on Monday. Here’s an overview of the drug policy measures that the House will consider: Marijuana banking Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and a bipartisan list of cosponsors successfully fought to get a floor vote on adding language to NDAA that would prevent financial regulators from penalizing banks or credit unions that work with state-legal marijuana businesses. The congressman is the sponsor of the standalone Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which has passed the House in various forms four times so far and is identical to the new amendment. While the legislation is not directly connected to defense-related issues, it’s likely Perlmutter sees the must-pass NDAA as a potential vehicle for the reform that could make its way through the Senate, whereas all…
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Federal Legislative Update October 12

The House is in session on Tuesday for votes and House committees will conduct virtual/hybrid committee work for the remainder of the week. The Senate stands adjourned until 3pm on Monday, October 18. The House is returning to Washington to vote on raising the debt limit through at least early...
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So What are the Chances Cannabis Banking Reform Passes Along with the Defense Spending Bill?

Will Cannabis Banking Reform Finally Pass Along With the Defense Bill?. President Biden may finally pass the cannabis banking bill with the imperative 2022 defense budget. The United States House of Representatives has approved the cannabis banking reform which was included in the large-scale defense spending bill. This hearing took place on Thursday, last week.
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Top House Republicans Demand Answers on Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal

Top republican officials in the House Foreign Affairs Committee demanded information from the Biden administration Tuesday on the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. Rep. Michael McCaul led a group of republicans in submitting a Resolution of Inquiry, demanding the White House and State Department provide all communication, intelligence assessments and documents on ending the war in Afghanistan, Fox News reports.
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Democrats Nominate Owens Brown, Delegate Shawn Fluharty and Randy Swartzmiller for Vacant West Virginia 1st District Senate Seat

WHEELING — With William Ihlenfeld returning to his post as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, three nominees have been set forth to take his seat in the state Senate: Owens Brown, Delegate Shawn Fluharty and Randy Swartzmiller. Democrats from the 1st Senate District nominated Brown, Fluharty...
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House Could Vote On Psychedelics Research For Military And Marijuana Banking As Part Of Defense Bill

House lawmakers have introduced a series of drug policy-related amendments to defense legislation, including proposals to facilitate research on the benefits of psychedelics for active duty military personnel and to protect banks that service state-legal marijuana businesses. Other proposed amendments, which the House Rules Committee will take up next week, would codify that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can’t deny home loan benefits to veterans just because they work in the cannabis industry and require the agency to conduct a clinical trial into the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for veterans with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If made in order by the panel, the measures would then go to the floor for consideration by the full House. Here’s an overview of what the lawmakers are hoping to get into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): Psychedelics for active duty military Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a veteran himself who recently moderated a conversation with a top psychedelics reform advocate, filed a measure that would allow the secretary of defense to approve grants for research into the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics such as MDMA, psilocybin, ibogaine and 5–MeO–DMT for active duty military members with post-traumatic stress disorder. The grants could be awarded to federal or state agencies, academic institutions or non-profit organizations. Researchers would need to “conduct one or more phase two clinical trials for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder” involving either individual or group therapy. The grant money could also be used to support training practitioners to treat eligible military members with psychedelics. Until now, Crenshaw has consistently voted against marijuana and drug policy reform measures in Congress, including two prior amendments that were aimed at removing barriers to research on the benefits of psychedelics. His home state of Texas recently enacted a law to…
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House Could Vote On Psychedelics Research For Military And Marijuana Banking As Part Of Defense Bill

Marijuana Moment reports House lawmakers have introduced a series of drug policy-related amendments to defense legislation, including proposals to facilitate research on the benefits of psychedelics for active duty military personnel and to protect banks that service state-legal marijuana businesses. Other proposed amendments, which the House Rules Committee will take up next week, would codify that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can’t deny home loan benefits to veterans just because they work in the cannabis industry and require the agency to conduct a clinical trial into the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for veterans with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If made in order by the panel, the measures would then go to the floor for consideration by the full House. Here’s an overview of what the lawmakers are hoping to get into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): Psychedelics for active duty military Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a veteran himself who recently moderated a conversation with a top psychedelics reform advocate, filed a measure that would allow the secretary of defense to approve grants for research into the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics such as MDMA, psilocybin, ibogaine and 5–MeO–DMT for active duty military members with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read full report House Could Vote On Psychedelics Research For Military And Marijuana Banking As Part Of Defense Bill.
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Luis G. Pedraja: Basic life needs must be met to attain collegiate success

I have been vocal about my belief that higher education is a right for all and not a privilege for a few, yet there are barriers many students confront in their lives that preclude them from obtaining an education. The COVID-19 pandemic has grossly exacerbated the issues of hunger, homelessness, childcare, mental health and transportation – the five basic needs college students and society as a whole face.
WORCESTER, MA

McGovern Bill Balances Power of President, Congress

Congressional Representative for the second Massachusetts District and Chairman of the House Rules Committee. Congressman Jim McGovern introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, September 29, aimed at reasserting Congress in matters of national security and recalibrating the balance of power between the President and Congress.
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“It’s So Much More Than Cosmetic”: Why Ayanna Pressley Is Fighting for Medicare to Cover Wigs

Representative Ayanna Pressley knows what it’s like “to experience a transformation not of your own choosing,” as she puts it. The Massachusetts congresswoman, part of the quartet of progressives known as “the Squad,” revealed last year that she was among the nearly 7 million Americans living with alopecia—an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks healthy hair follicles, causing hair loss. “When you feel like your body is betraying you and you feel less like yourself—that’s already challenging,” Pressley told me in an interview. But “to be bald as a woman really does disrupt conventional and societal norms of what is appropriate, what is professional, what is attractive, what is feminine,” she said. “It’s so much more than cosmetic…. It takes a real toll.”
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