GLOSSARY OF TERMS
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2010 Arizona law requiring police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained when there is "reasonable suspicion" they are not in the U.S. legally.
About half of the remaining states later introduced similar laws.
CA: Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA)
1989 California law banning the ownership of certain types of firearms classified as assault weapons. It bans specific brands of firearms, as well as weapons with specified characteristics.
The law is formally known as the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act - after the California legislators who sponsored it.
FL: Amendment 4
2018 amendment to the Florida Constitution that allows most former felons in the state to vote.
Text of the amendment:
"This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis."
2019 Florida law that requires former felons to pay off all debts related to their conviction before being allowed to register to vote.
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Term used to label a 2013 political scandal in New Jersey in which toll lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed for several days - resulting in traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, NJ.
The closures were alleged to be retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not supporting Gov. Chris Christie's re-election. Three associates of Christie - including his deputy chief of staff - were convicted of felony charges related to the incident.
For more on what involvement Christie may have had in the affair, read the New York Times story.