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News Story
10/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington -- California Sen. Kamala Harris’s name came up multiple times at a Senate hearing last month on child sex trafficking legislation, an acknowledgement of her long record fighting the crime. But Harris’ name does not appear – at least not yet – as a co-sponsor of the trafficking legislation in question, which...
News Story
10/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are scheduled to debate legislation on Wednesday that would set rules for self-driving cars at a time when automakers are already putting cars on the road that are capable of at least some hands-free driving. General Motors Co. subsidiary Cadillac is rolling out its new Super Cruise technology that...
News Story
10/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Critics still hope to derail measure citing fears for public safety A U.S. Senate committee appears to be the last major obstacle in the way of widespread testing of self-driving and even driverless vehicles on public roads. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the SELF DRIVE Act, a measure intended to streamline the development...
News Release
10/3/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A confidential settlement in a civil suit brought in Seattle against Backpage by three of the website’s victims will not stop a bipartisan Congressional effort to amend a key Internet law so websites that facilitate sex trafficking can be prosecuted, Consumer Watchdog said today. Word of the legal settlement came as...
News Release
9/28/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – An autonomous vehicles bill introduced today in the U.S. Senate follows the dangerous route chosen by the House of Representatives when it rushed to pass a bill that threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections and safety standards, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The...
News Release
9/22/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — The California Senate completed Governor Jerry Brown’s consolidation of the California Public Utility Commission in the hands of three of his closest former aides and two of his former appointees, guaranteeing half a decade of influence by the utility-friendly Governor long after he leaves office, Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
9/13/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised 21st Century Fox for joining Tech giant Oracle and CoStar Group in supporting a bipartisan Congressional effort to amend a key Internet law so rogue websites like Backpage can be held accountable for facilitating child sex trafficking. In a letter to sponsors of the Senate bill, Sen. Ron...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
ANN ARBOR, Mich. –  The Trump administration is updating safety guidelines for self-driving cars in an attempt to clear barriers for automakers and tech companies who want to get test vehicles on the road. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the new voluntary guidelines Tuesday during a visit to an autonomous vehicle...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Trump administration released new guidelines on Tuesday designed to promote the development of self-driving cars. "Our country is on the verge of one of the most exciting and important innovations in transportation history," Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said at a press conference at the University of Michigan. "We are...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Go for it! In essence, that’s the Trump administration’s new directive on driverless-car development. Under that directive, automakers and technology companies will be asked to voluntarily submit safety assessments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but they don’t have to do it. And states are being advised to use a light...