“You have got to get the phone out of drivers’ hands completely to empower law enforcement, so there is a clear interpretation of the law,” said Smith, a former Grapevine resident now living in Chicago. “People need know there are consequences.” … [Read more...] about Texas banned texting and driving a year ago. Why won’t we stop doing it?
What was transportation like 100 years ago
I recently unearthed a 1950s Leeds school pass which allowed one daily free return trip across the city. Then, the effective and affordable public transport was owned and run by the city for, as the term implies, the benefit of the public. Presumably the theoretical cost of that pass would have been dealt with by moving numbers from one column to another, to satisfy statisticians. … [Read more...] about YP Letters: UK’s poisoned chalice of rail transport
Fellow trial consultant Alice M. Adams of Atlanta recommends Ken Broda-Bahm’s posts to the lawyers she consults with. “His information is equally applicable to defense and plaintiffs attorneys; he is erudite and authoritative without being overbearing. He should be writing opening statements and closing arguments,” she says. Smithtown, N.Y.-based litigator Ray Grasing is also a fan: “I don’t always agree with the author or the points he’s making, but I’m always better off for having read them and challenged my opinions.” … [Read more...] about 7th Annual Blawg 100
House floor of $0.36 per gallon and eliminates 40 vacant positions at the Department of Transportation.Senate floor of $0.35 per gallon and eliminates 500 vacant and filled Department of Transportation positions. Gay MarriageSB 2 – Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies - A House Judiciary Committee began debating the Senate-passed bill and invited public comment this week. Religious leaders on both sides of the issue commented further obfuscating the issue of religious freedom in a judicial setting. An interesting point made by the NC Association of Registers of Deeds is that 42 of NC’s 100 Register of Deeds offices have three or fewer employees making the refusal to grant a marriage license by one employee a potential hardship for those seeking to tie the knot. That said, the Association did not take a position supporting or opposing the bill. The bill is still in committee for further discussion with a committee vote expected March … [Read more...] about North Carolina: In Like a Lion Legislative Update 2/6/15
Changes to the New York Estate Tax and Trust Income Tax RegimesOn April 1, 2014, the New York State 2014–2015 budget became effective and made several significant changes to: (1) New York's estate tax regime; (2) the income tax treatment of trusts created by New York residents that were exempt from tax under prior legislation ("exempt trusts"); and (3) incomplete gift nongrantor trusts (INGs) created by New York residents. Perhaps most notably, the exemption from New York state estate taxes will increase by the year 2019 to match the federal exemption from estate tax (i.e., $5 million indexed for inflation), but the full benefit of this increase is available only for estates that do not exceed the federal exemption amount, with this new benefit phasing out once an estate exceeds the federal exemption amount by 5%. Additionally, (1) certain gifts made by a New York resident between April 1, 2014 and January 1, 2019, and within three years of death, will be included in the … [Read more...] about 2015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory