U.S. House Votes to Make D.C. the 51st State


The United States House of Representatives has voted along party lines to make the nation's capital the 51st state. The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate with major Republican opposition and some hesitation from a few Democrats.


If the bill were to become law, most of present day Washington D.C. would be named State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, in honor of Frederick Douglass. An area around the White House, the Capitol and the Supreme Court would remain as a two-square mile federal area under the legislation.


D.C. would be the first new state admitted to the United States since Hawaii in 1959.


Ohio to Allow Gender Changes on Birth Certificates


The State of Ohio will join the majority of states throughout the country in allowing transgender people born in the state to change the gender markers on their birth certificates.


The Ohio Department of Health will not appeal a federal court ruling that has found the state's ban on birth certificate gender changes unconstitutional. The department has begun working on a process to request such changes and expects to have it in place by June 1, 2021.


Broadband Industry Groups Sue State of New York


A group of broadband industry Associations have sued the state of New York to stop the state's recent mandate to provide a $15 broadband service to low income residents. Included in the lawsuit are the New York State Telephone Association (NYSTA), CTIA, USTelecom, and NTCA.


The mandate was included in the state's budget bill and gave Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 60 days to offer a $15 broadband plan, with a minimum of 25 Mbps,to low income house-holds that meet various qualifying requirements.


The lawsuit argues that NY does not have the legal authority to regulate internet pricing, making the mandate unenforceable.


Ohio to Lose One Congressional Seat


Based on recent consensus results, Ohio will lose one Congressional seat in the the 2022 midterm elections. This will bring the state's total from members of the House of Representatives to 15. Ohio is one of seven states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, to lose one Congressional seat.


Prompted by slow population growth, the loss of a U.S. House seat comes as the state is faced with a new system of drawing its congressional maps. There will be a shift in district lines across the state.


Seats are apportioned based on a formula tied to each state's population determined by the census. According to the Ohio Constitution, Congressional districts are supposed to be set by September 1st.


Frontier Emerges From Chapter 11


Frontier has announced its emergence from Chapter 11 and completion of the reorganization process pursuant to the United States Bankruptcy Code.


Frontier North, Inc., its parent entity Frontier Communications Corporation, and its affiliates all filed petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court from the Southern District of New York on April 14, 2020. Under the new restructuring, Frontier Communications Corporation will be dissolved and Frontier Communications Parent, Inc. was established as the new parent company. Frontier North Inc. will operate as a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of reorganized Frontier.

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