Lisa Torry Smith Act closer to becoming law; Legislation named after Missouri City woman killed in a crosswalk in 2017

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HOUSTON – The Texas House of Representatives moved the Lisa Torry Smith Act into its final stages before it will likely become law.

The bill is named after a woman who was hit and killed in a crosswalk in Missouri City while walking her son to school in 2017.

At the time of the incident, the driver responsible was cited with failure to yield, but never charged criminally and not indicted by a grand jury because the law didn’t allow it, KPRC 2 previously reported.

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‘Javier Ambler Law’ passes in Texas Legislature, heads to Gov. Abbott

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A proposed law named for a 40-year-old Black man whose deadly encounter with Williamson County sheriff’s deputies sparked questions about reality TV in American policing won overwhelming support Thursday in the Texas Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk.

The Javier Ambler Law bans law enforcement agencies from contracting with shows, such as the now-canceled but long-running series “COPS” and the defunct show “Live PD,” which was filming with Williamson County deputies the night Javier Ambler II died.

The measure, which passed the Senate in a 27-3 vote with no discussion, had already passed the Texas House and received 

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New law extending statute of limitations for child sex abuse gives victims another shot at justice

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With a new Arkansas law going into effect that significantly extends the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse, former Boy Scouts preyed upon by a Scout leader in Hot Springs are speaking up about what happened to them and pursuing new legal options.

Four victims of former Scoutmaster Sam Otts held a press conference Thursday to tell their stories and explain why they’re seeking compensation from the Boy Scouts of America and local councils in Arkansas. Boy Scout officials in Arkansas knew or should have known that Otts was a pedophile, and the adults who learned about the abuse

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Are Rideshare Drivers Subject to the Federal Arbitration Act?

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Since the emergence of the gig economy, courts have struggled to fit workers in such businesses into the traditional framework of employment law. One common issue is whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applies to drivers who work for rideshare companies, Uber and Lyft. If the FAA applies, predispute arbitration agreements covering federal and state statutory claims will be enforced; if the FAA does not apply, enforcement will be a matter of state law, and California and other states have made clear they will not enforce such pacts.

Section 1 of the FAA provides that the FAA

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Alabama judge upholds anti-riot law attorney says is ‘born out of a racist backlash’

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An Alabama federal judge has ruled that a controversial law used to prosecute protesters across the country over the past year is constitutional.

On Thursday, Judge Terry Moorer of U.S. District Court in Mobile issued an order rejecting claims by defense attorneys for Tia Pugh that the federal anti-riot law is racially biased. Pugh is charged with one count of violating the law during a protest in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year.

The 22-year-old’s lawyers and critics have argued that the law is racially biased and has been used selectively to prosecute people who took part in

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