Things You Need to Know: Constitutional Concerns Raised on Bill to Prevent Sex Offenders Taking Photos of Children without Permission
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Maine's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that makes it illegal for registered sex offenders to take photographs of other peoples’ children without permission. According to centralmaine.com, as currently written, it is raising constitutional concerns.
From the Associated Press:
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard is urging fishermen to remove their ice shacks to make way for ice-breaking this week on the Kennebec River. Four Coast Guard vessels are going to begin breaking ice on Wednesday.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are down a bit in northern New England. GasBuddy's daily survey of gas outlets in Vermont found that average retail gasoline prices in the state have fallen 2.5 cents in the past week to an average of $2.60 per gallon. New Hampshire has seen a slide of 1.5 cents to $2.48 per gallon. In Maine, average gas prices have fallen nearly a penny per gallon, to $2.54.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — The mother and stepfather of a 10-year-old Maine girl who was found dead at a condo complex have been charged with murder. State police say 33-year-old Sharon Carrillo and 51-year-old Julio Carrillo were arrested Monday at state police offices in Bangor, where they had been interviewed by detectives. The girl, Marrissa Kennedy, was found dead Sunday at the condo complex in Stockton Springs. The family had been staying at a condo owned by the mother's parents.
BATH, Maine (AP) — A Maine city is slated to receive nearly $9 million in federal money for sorely needed upgrades to its sewer system. The city is Bath is getting a $2.3 million grant and a $6.5 million low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The city's sewer department serves more than 3,000 users and suffers from aging infrastructure.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Police say a teenager in Maine has been charged with terrorizing for a message on social media that led to Cape Elizabeth schools being closed for the day. Police say the 17-year-old boy was arrested on Monday in South Portland after posting a troubling message online. His name is not being released.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate Rules Committee has voted 9-4 for a bill that would raise the age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21 and create a three-day waiting period to buy the weapons. Those rules are already in place for handguns. The bill approved 9-4 on Monday also would let Florida counties authorize teachers to carry concealed weapons in school if they undergo law enforcement training and are deputized by the local sheriff's office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says political leaders sometimes need to buck the National Rifle Association. Republicans controlling Congress are less sure of that approach, keeping largely quiet amid public calls for stricter gun laws. Trump's ideas to arm many teachers, lift the minimum age for purchasing assault rifles to 21 and impose stricter background checks have fallen flat so far. The White House is inviting lawmakers from both parties for meetings this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's effort to get the Supreme Court to take up the "Dreamers" case has failed. The court rejected the government's attempt to bypass a federal appeals court and consider a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The case will have to work its way through the lower courts before any Supreme Court review is possible. The case could also become moot if Congress takes action on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
BEIRUT (AP) — A Russia-ordered "humanitarian pause" has gone into effect to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus but there were no immediate signs of any corridors set up for people to use. Rami Aburrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that no violence was reported on Tuesday in the enclave, known as eastern Ghouta _ a collection of suburbs just east of the Syrian capital.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new study examining the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report says barriers to equality are posing threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens. The report released Tuesday blames U.S. policymakers and elected officials. It says they're not doing enough to heed the warning on deepening poverty and inequality as highlighted by the Kerner Commission a half-century ago.