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Lawmakers Worry Obama Is Preparing Last-Minute Regulatory Blitz

House and Senate lawmakers are questioning Obama administration officials about whether they plan to issue a rush of “midnight regulations” during the “lame duck” period between the presidential election in November 2016 and the official start date for Obama’s successor in January 2017. At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management in July, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) asked Howard Shelanski, the White House...

Salem, Oregon City Council Snuffs Out Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes in Parks

The Salem, Oregon City Council voted to ban tobacco and e-cigarette use in public parks. The ban started on August 22. The new law also prohibits marijuana use, which is legal in the state, in outdoor public areas. Steve Buckstein, a senior policy analyst for the Cascade Policy Institute, says bans on smoking in public places lay the groundwork for more bans and restrictions on otherwise legal products. “Much like people who don’t like guns would like to eventually get rid of all guns, people...

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