Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

Inslee OKs bill curbing debt-based license suspensions

May. 10, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday approved a measure aimed at preventing tens of thousands of people a year from having their driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay fines. An estimated 46,000 people have their licenses suspended annually...

States push back against use of facial recognition by police

May. 05, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have used facial recognition technology to solve homicides and bust human traffickers, but concern about its accuracy and the growing pervasiveness of video surveillance is leading some state lawmakers to hit the pause button. ...

US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border

May. 03, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calls “just the beginning” of a...

Lubbock votes to ban abortion, setting up likely legal fight

May. 02, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Lubbock voters have approved a measure aimed at outlawing abortion in the West Texas city, a move likely to prompt legal action from opponents who call it an unconstitutional ban on the procedure. Residents voted Saturday to declare Lubbock a...

Couple sues officers, saying they were wrongly targeted

Apr. 30, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska couple has sued three Papillion police officers they say wrongfully and violently targeted them in a 2019 traffic stop. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Jason Storrs and Amber...

West Virginia transgender athlete bill signed by governor

Apr. 28, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor signed a bill Wednesday that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges. The bill was among 38 signed by Republican Gov. Jim Justice. It had narrowly passed the...

Alaska settles for $85K with former state employee

Apr. 27, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has agreed to settle for $85,000 with a former state employee whose application was rejected because she supported the recall of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The out-of-court settlement was announced Monday by the Alaska chapter of the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 23, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

Boston Globe. April 20, 2021. Editorial: There’s too much secrecy in state government. It’s time for a constitutional amendment to change that Many of the documents that are readily accessible to the public in other states are off-limits here. ...

ACLU: Oregon city sues BLM activists over public records fee

Apr. 23, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it will represent a social justice organization in Bend, Oregon, in a lawsuit filed by the city after months of wrangling about how much the nonprofit should pay in fees related to a public records request. The...

ACLU sues to challenge Iowa denial of transgender surgery

Apr. 22, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state of Iowa challenging a 2019 law that allows Medicaid to deny payment for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The lawsuit was filed in state court by...