It’s finally Friday! Make sure to check out this week’s installment of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series. If this is your first time stopping by our site, here’s how it works: each Friday we find the top 3 stories that exemplify local people making local decisions across the country. We give you the best examples of “Federalism in Action,” so you won’t ever miss a thing.
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FOR MOTIVATION: Fisherman Faces Long-Term Sentence Thanks to Feds
You might be surprised to discover the latest victims of federal law enforcement: fishermen. In 2007, state law enforcement officials accused a Florida fisherman of catching undersized fish. The federal government then charged him with destroying evidence after the officials suspected that the fisherman had disposed of three fish he caught. A federal prosecutor used the “anti-shredding” provision of Sarbanes-Oxley, the financial crimes law passed after the Enron scandal, which could land the fisherman in prison for up to 20 years. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the case this week, signaling the Court’s intentions to reduce “prosecutorial excesses.” As the Federalist points out, recent cases like the United States vs. Bond, show that the highest court might be trying to reduce federal overcriminalization.
FOR INSPIRATION: Common Core Dealt Another Blow in Ohio
States are beginning to drop out of Common Core just as quickly as they rushed to accept the Standards. This week, a committee in the Ohio State House voted in favor of a bill to repeal Common Core. Those in favor of repeal are concerned that the standards “stifle local control and teacher creativity.” Ohio is just one of many states skeptical of a top-down approach to education.
FOR FUN: “I Voted” Traditions
In case you missed it, this Tuesday was Election Day. The campaign ads have officially come to an end, and perhaps, life will return to normal. Voting traditions in states and communities are all uniquely different, including one very common token: the “I Voted” sticker. Check out this list of facts about the iconic sticker, including its origins and how it looks in different communities.
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