NEW DELHI — India’s Parliament passed a sweeping new law on Thursday to protect women against sexual violence in response to a fatal December gang rape and beating of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi.
The regulations came as Indian police said on Wednesday that a British tourist who jumped off her hotel balcony to escape a feared sex attack would return home, as two men were set to appear in court over the incident.
TOPEKA, Kan. — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items.
More than 20 other states have such lists. But, the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature in a bill that GOP Gov. Sam Brownback signed Thursday appears to be the most exhaustive, according to state Department for Children and Families officials.
A landmark law that would reserve a third of all seats in India's parliament for women cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday when members of the upper house approved it after a rancorous debate.The bill won the backing of 186 of the 248 members of the upper Rajya Sabha chamber, more than the two-thirds majority needed for the draft legislation which would result in a constitutional change.
Conservative and Liberal MPs joined forces Wednesday to vote in favour of the dramatic, disputed overhaul of Canada’s national security laws. Bill C-51 now moves to the Senate for an expected expeditious passage into law.
The 183-96 Commons’ third-reading vote was anti-climactic. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau had pledged support from the outset for what he saw as a flawed piece of lawmaking. The Opposition NDP and Green Party denounced it in its entirety.
Attempts at amending the bill were largely unsuccessful: four mostly minor changes were agreed to in the Commons.
Ireland's upper house of parliament passed Saturday a key finance bill needed to secure the country's bailout package, paving the way for embattled Prime Minister Brian Cowen to call elections.The budget -- which hikes taxes and slashes spending as part of the price for the 67.5 billion euro ($91 billion) European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout -- had already passed the lower house of parliament on Thursday."The finance bill now goes to the president for signing into law," a government spokesman said.
OTTAWA — A Conservative backbencher’s controversial effort to rebalance power between MPs and party leaders is on its way to becoming law after surviving a stiff challenge in the Senate.
Michael Chong’s Reform Act passed in the upper house late Monday by a vote of 38-14, with four abstentions.
It was surreal, I couldn’t believe that it was actually taking place
Chong sat in the gallery to watch the nerve-wracking finale to his 19-month crusade to empower MPs and dilute the power of party leaders.
Australia's controversial tax on the country's mining industry, seen by Canberra as a critical economic reform, cleared a key hurdle Wednesday when it passed through the lower house of parliament.Prime Minister Julia Gillard's fragile minority government gained support from the Greens to enable the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 to scrape through the House of Representatives after a marathon session in the early hours.It will now move to the upper house Senate before it officially becomes law.
Kate Sheppard reports that the bidding war among anti-abortion state legislators to see how far they can push the envelop on the ever-shrinking constitutional protections around abortion has reached its logical conclusion—just straight up ignoring the existing constitutional doctrine: