The Obama administration releases a rule to promote racially integrated neighborhoods, the House of Representatives narrowly votes to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act, and more…
IN THE NEWS
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule to remove racial segregation within neighborhoods, a move that would impose requirements on cities across the country to track potential patterns of racial and ethnic disparities, among other obligations.
- The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the Student Success Act, which is aimed at rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act—a move that would shift much of the federal government’s current responsibilities over public education to the states.
- U.S. Congresswoman Lois Capps introduced legislation that would revise the U.S. Code to include gender-neutral terms, including by changing such words as “husband” and “wife” to “spouse” or “married couple.”
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a rule providing for a one-year extension of the deadline by which restaurants must include calorie counts on their menus.
- The Oregon House of Representatives passed the Toxic-Free Kids Act, which would regulate toxic chemicals in children’s products by requiring that companies, among other things, disclose certain chemicals that are used in their products, and eventually remove those chemicals.
- The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing to evaluate the Dodd-Frank Act, during which it evaluated such issues as the Act’s influence on financial stability and consumer protection.
- The Third Circuit rejected a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the “total maximum daily load” (TMDL) of pollutants—a calculation of the maximum amount of pollutants that can be released into the Chesapeake Bay—holding that the Clean Water Act authorized the EPA’s action.