L.A. rapper/producer Ty Dolla $ign‘s (real name Tyrone Griffin) bus was pulled over by Wisconsin Police for supposed vehicle equipment violation early Wednesday morning. After smelling strong odors of marijuana coming from the bus, officers decided to conduct a roadside investigation of the bus. Dane County Sheriff’s K-9’s alerted officers to several suspect locations on the bus, which led to the seizure of 42.2 grams of marijuana, which included 18.2 grams of butane hash oil, and 28 pieces of paraphernalia.According to reports, twelve people were on the bus, with seven of those being arrested on various charges, including suspicion of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. We have a feeling Ty wasn’t feeling very “Irie” after this early morning encounter with police.Ty’s representative claims that the rapper was not on the bus, as he was taking the easier route by plane to his Iowa gig, maintaining that it was his band and entourage on the bus, though authorities claim they arrested someone going by the name Ty Dolla $ign. Will we ever know if it was Ty on the bus? This story is shrouded in mystery (or pot smoke).[via Channel3000]
Rep. Stephanie Clayton says “Kansas has yet to achieve complete stability. Tremendous damage was done in the past several years, and that which has been torn takes time to mend.”Each legislative session, we provide the Shawnee Mission area’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. We’re kicking off this year’s Capitol Update columns a week ahead of the start of the legislative session. Rep. Stephanie Clayton, Rep. Jarrod Ousley and Sen. Barbara Bollier are scheduled to send updates this week. Here’s Rep. Clayton’s filing:Good morning. A week from today, the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session will begin. As is always the case, the first week of the legislative session will start slowly. Monday will begin with the inauguration of the new Governor, Laura Kelly, followed by the swearing-in of the new legislators in the House, as well as a handful of new Senators. Legislators will have their first committee meetings, where committee rules, goals, and expectations will be laid out by the committee chairs. Some changes to committee structure in the House have taken place, most notably the elimination of the water and environment and technology committees, and the creation of a new Rural Revitalization committee. This term, I am pleased to continue my work on the Federal and State Affairs Committee, and to serve on two new committees: Education, and Taxation. The Governor will also present her budget to the legislature. This budget will be used as a baseline for legislators to approve, and, if necessary, amend. Past Johnson County legislator Larry Campbell has been retained as budget director by the Governor-elect; this bipartisan approach bodes well for our state, and I hope to see more positive appointments to the executive team as the legislative session progresses. The legislature has the opportunity to continue along the course of stability that was solidified with the partial repeal of the Brownback tax plan in 2017. The new plan that was put into place allowed the legislature to develop and fund a school finance plan that, with a few very minor changes, will finally put the state in compliance with our constitution after nearly a decade of chaos. Kansas has yet to achieve complete stability. Tremendous damage was done in the past several years, and that which has been torn takes time to mend. The legislature needs to establish an impenetrable funding source for transportation. Waiting lists for services for our most vulnerable citizens need to be reduced, or eliminated entirely. Legislators across all parties and factions campaigned on reducing or eliminating the sales tax on groceries, as our grocery tax burden is among the highest in the nation.The people of Kansas made it clear that they support a strong school funding system, a fully funded transportation plan, safety net programs that care for our most vulnerable Kansans, a Medicaid program that allows for hardworking Kansans to seek preventative care, and tax relief that is beneficial to all Kansans, regardless of income. I look forward to working with my colleagues and our new governor to bring these wishes of Kansans to fruition. I work for you! I enjoy hearing questions, thoughts, and ideas from constituents. For real-time updates from the House Floor, including all of the votes that I take, follow me on Twitter @sscjocoks. Find me on Facebook, or email me at [email protected] My first town hall of the session will be at Foo’s Café in Leawood at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The Ministry of Justice sweetened its long-awaited review of swingeing legal aid cuts with a pledge to spend £8m on legal support and litigants in person. But does its response go far enough?,Monidipa FouzderNearly six years after the government cut vast swaths of civil law from the scope of legal aid, the Ministry of Justice has finally unveiled the findings of its review of the controversial cuts.Lord chancellor David Gauke told journalists – who were given an hour to read the 578-page review document before a media briefing – that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act was implemented in 2013 ‘as part of the government’s response to the economic downturn and tight resources across departments’. The four objectives of the reforms were to: discourage unnecessary and adversarial litigation at public expense; target legal aid to those who need it most; make significant savings to the cost; and deliver better overall value for money. Did LASPO meet its objectives? After a fashion, as the ministry says: ‘While the reforms to legal aid were very broad and varied in their nature and intent, we think that it can be concluded that collectively, as a package, the changes made to legal aid by and under LASPO have been partially successful at meeting these objectives.’ An action plan announced alongside the review, Gauke said, ‘goes beyond’ addressing the concerns raised by over 100 organisations and individuals during the review. ‘This is a strategy to overhaul the current system, transforming the way people access support while ensuring the system remains sustainable and taxpayer funding is targeted where it is most effective. We want to ensure resources are spent on what works.’ Promises include up to £5m for ‘innovative’ forms of legal support. Justice minister Lucy Frazer QC said such support could be a Skype tool, or a system for converting lengthy written arguments into an appropriate presentation that people can automatically put into a claim form.Litigants in person will be supported with an extra £3m over two years. The ministry will also test ‘legal support hubs’ which, said Frazer, could be in a ‘GP setting’.The ministry will also:Review the legal aid means test (by summer 2020);Bring forward proposals to expand legal aid to include separated migrant children in immigration cases (by spring 2019);Bring forward proposals to expand legal aid to cover special guardianship orders in private family law (by autumn 2019);Work with the Law Society to explore an ‘alternative model’ for family legal aid;Consider introducing an emergency procedure for urgent matters to access the exceptional case funding (ECF) scheme (by the end of 2019); Remove the mandatory requirements from the telephone gateway for debt, discrimination and special educational needs, and reinstate access to immediate face-to-face advice (by spring 2020).Following a separate review on legal aid for inquests, plans include simplifying the ECF forms and enabling backdating of the legal help waiver.The current means test thresholds are preventing families in poverty from accessing justiceChristina BlacklawsWhere is the £8m coming from? Frazer said it will be a ‘mixture of internal and external funds’. Did the ministry go cap in hand to the Treasury? ‘We did ask the Treasury for extra funding for legal aid.’ She said the action plan will ‘inform future spending. We need to establish an evidence base for what works in the future’. The Bar Council said £8m is a ‘drop in the ocean’ given the extent to which LASPO has restricted access to justice. Frazer pointed out that proposals in the action plan supplement the £8m. For instance, the ministry is looking to ‘uprate the thresholds’ within the means test, which Frazer said will cost a ‘significant’ amount. She said: ‘It’s an obligation we did not have to put forward but we think it’s right to do.’Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said she hopes the changes will make it easier for ordinary people to qualify for legal aid and access essential support. ‘The government must give urgent attention to amending the means test thresholds because the current levels are preventing families in poverty from accessing justice; and remuneration rates for solicitors undertaking this vital work must be reviewed for civil as well as criminal work, to address the medium-term viability of the system. As a first step, they should be uprated in line with inflation ahead of further work to make the system sustainable’.
Ben Carpenter will appear on the Tall, Dark, & Handsome Show tomorrow (Friday October 2nd) from 5-6pm to discuss the proposed Service Area, along with Ray Southwell who opposes Ballot Prop 2. Ben Carpenter has stepped in to lead the LESA efforts after the passing of Ann Krogseng last Thursday. The proposed maximum mill rate of 1.5 would raise revenue comparable to the Seward Police Department’s funding, which includes nine officers and administrative staff and infrastructure. Officials noted last night that the Nikiski Department would initially need to use the funding for set-up and purchasing equipment, gradually increasing the number of officers on the payroll. Nikiski Assemblyman Wayne Ogle said last night’s community meeting drew roughly 60 people and a number of important state guests… Asm. Ogle(Nikiski): “There’s a lot of curiosity about the mill rate and the control the Borough has. There was one question about, ‘If you establish a service area in Nikiski, will that automatically [allow] the Mayor or the Assembly suddenly make that into an area-wide law enforcement service area, and I think that question was asked and answered well, that it does not.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The creation of a nine-member Police Department could be in the future for Nikiski, if area voters approve the creation of a Law Enforcement Service Area (LESA), which will be Borough Ballot Proposition 2 next Tuesday. Asm. Ogle(Nikiski): “I was very impressed. We had the top Alaska State Trooper, Colonel Cockerell, then we had our Detachment Commander out of Soldotna, we had a Chief of the Department of Law and also our District Attorney here and Colette Thompson, our Borough Attorney. Among all those people, there was an awful lot of good answers that came forward and came from people that [the community] can trust.” Ogle says he was encouraged to hear thoughtful questions from the community, with a strong focus on the limits of the proposed service area…