Jul 23, 2019

New York becomes 1st U.S. state to ban cat declawing

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New York became on Monday the first state in the U.S. to ban cat declawing, a procedure that animal welfare groups say is unnecessary, cruel and often painful.

Details: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said in a statement after signing the bill into law, "Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals." He said banning "this archaic practice" would ensure that animals "are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures."

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Julián Castro releases animal welfare plan seeking to undo Trump's rollbacks

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro speaks at the Young Leaders Conference 2019 in Georgia on Aug. 16. Photo: Paras Griffin/WireImage

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced Monday a comprehensive animal welfare plan that would seek to strengthen the Endangered Species Act, which has just been weakened by President Trump's administration.

Why it matters: Castro is the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to release a plan for animal welfare with his "PAW Plan" (Protecting Animals and Wildlife.").

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New York decriminalizes marijuana use

Andrew Cuomo delivers a speech earlier this month. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday to decriminalize marijuana use in the state. Under the law, use could still result in a fine, but will not be considered a criminal offense that could result in prison time.

The big picture: New York joins 15 other states that have decriminalized. 11 states plus Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana.

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Keep ReadingArrowJul 29, 2019

Trump sues House Democrats to block release of state tax returns

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President Trump on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee, New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York tax commissioner Michael Schmidt in an effort to block them from releasing his state tax returns.

The big picture: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month signed a bill known as the TRUST Act that would permit tax officials to turn over Trump's state tax returns to any one of three congressional committees. Trump's lawsuit alleges that the House Ways and Means Committee's invocation of the TRUST Act would "lack a legitimate legislative purpose" and that the law itself violates the First Amendment because the state of New York "enacted it to discriminate and retaliate against President Trump for his speech and politics."

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