Welcome Thursday, July 8, Brew. Here’s what to expect at the start of your day:
- Biden signs three congressional review bills repealing Trump-era rules
- Redistributing Review: Virginia House of Delegates Candidate Continues 2021 Election Using Existing Cards
- Lander wins Democratic primary for New York City comptroller
Biden signs three congressional review bills repealing Trump-era rules
President Joe Biden (R) signed three Congressional Review Bills (CRA) on June 30, reversing three administrative rules implemented towards the end of Donald Trump (R) administration.
The signing of these bills brings the total number of rules repealed under the CRA to 20. These CRA bills are the first that Congress has used to overturn regulatory action taken by a Republican president.
- The first bill, SJRes.13, overturned a Trump-era Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rule that altered the information the agency would share with companies accused of discrimination.
- The second bill, SJRes.14, overturned a Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methane rule and restored methane emission standards set under the administration of Barack Obama (D ).
- The third bill, SJRes.15, overturned a Trump-era US Controller of Currency (OCC) rule that changed the regulations governing banks that give money to third parties to lend to borrowers.
The Congressional Review Act is a federal law passed in 1996 that creates a 60-day review period during which Congress, by passing a joint resolution of disapproval later signed by the president, can overrule a new rule of law. federal agency.
The law defines days under the CRA as days when Congress is in continuous session, so the estimated window to block any end-of-term regulatory activity for the Trump administration was between February 3 and April 4. Until then, Congress had to introduce the ARC. resolutions aimed at blocking regulatory activities that occurred between August 20, 2020 and January 3, 2021.
Since the law’s inception in 1996, Congress has used the CRA to successfully repeal 20 rules published in the Federal Register. Prior to 2017, Congress had successfully used the CRA once, to overturn a rule on ergonomics in the workplace in 2001. In the first four months of his administration, President Trump signed 14 CRA resolutions of Congress rescinding various rules published towards the end. of the presidency of Barack Obama (D). Congress ultimately repealed a total of 16 rules using the CRA under the Trump administration.
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Redistributing Review: Virginia House of Delegates Candidate Continues 2021 Election Using Existing Cards
Here’s an update on what’s happening with redistribution across the country. Today we’re going to take a look at updates from Virginia, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Virginia: On June 28, Paul Goldman, a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, filed a lawsuit against Governor Ralph Northam (D) and the Virginia State Council of Elections (among other representatives of the State), requesting that a U.S. District Court declare the November 3, 2021 elections to the House of Delegates invalid, limit the tenure of delegates elected in 2021 to one year, and order new elections to be held in 2022. Members of the House of Delegates with two-year terms, a tribunal for that purpose would result in elections in three consecutive years: 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Due to the late release of US census redistribution data, Virginia redistribution authorities were unable to draft new legislative constituency maps for this year’s election. Therefore, the existing cards will remain in effect. Goldman argues that running the 2021 election under existing maps violates both state and federal constitutions. Citing Cosner v. Dalton, a 1981 ruling in which a federal court ordered that the terms of delegates elected in 1981 on invalid cards be limited to one year, Goldman requests that the court limit the terms of delegates elected in 2021 to one year and schedule elections on new maps in 2022.
Utah: On June 30, the Utah State Legislature announced a timeline for the legislative redistribution of Congress and State. According to that timeline, the legislative redistribution committee will hold public hearings in September and October and pass the final cards before Thanksgiving.
Wisconsin: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (right) and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (right) have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that banned them from hiring private lawyers in anticipation of challenges to the redistribution process. The court set a July 8 deadline for briefs from all parties involved in the case.
On April 29, Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke ruled against Vos and LeMahieu and in favor of the plaintiffs, four residents of Madison, Wisc. has been dropped. Vos and LeMahieu appealed the ruling to a state appeals court, which refused to stay Ehlke’s original order. This is what motivated the present appeal pending before the Supreme Court of the State.
Lander wins Democratic primary for New York City comptroller
We continue our coverage of the June 22nd primaries in New York City with an update on the City Controller’s Race. Before we get to that, here’s a brief update on the city’s Democratic primary.
On July 6, the New York City Council of Elections (BOE) released the second round of unofficial RCV results for the Democratic primary, which included a majority of the 125,000 mail-in ballots not included in the first version. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams defeated former New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in the eighth and final round by about 8,400 votes, 50.5 percent to 49, 5%. Up to 3,699 defective ballots, if they were cured, remained to be counted. Click here to know more.
In the controller race, Brad Lander won the Democratic primary. The race was triggered after New York City’s BOE released prioritized vote tabulations on July 6. These tabulations included advance ballots, polling day ballots and most mail ballots. Voters were allowed to rank up to five candidates on their ballots.
On Wednesday morning, Lander held 51.9% of the vote after 10 rounds of counting, followed by Corey Johnson with 48.1%, with 24,683 votes separating them. Johnson, whose supporters included Democratic Reps Carolyn Maloney and Ritchie Torres, as well as the United Teachers’ Federation, conceded the race on Tuesday night.
Lander is a member of the New York City Council and co-founder of the Council’s Progressive Caucus. It received the approval of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) And Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), And The New York Times.
The functions of the controller include carrying out audits of municipal agencies and managing five public pension funds. The next monitor will also oversee how federal stimulus funds issued in response to the pandemic are spent. General elections take place on November 2.