New policies adopted by ABA delegates address array of pressing legal issues

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New policies adopted by ABA delegates address array of pressing legal issues

The ABA House of Delegates, meeting Aug. 11 and 12 during the association’s Annual Meeting in Boston, adopted a range of new policy positions, including resolutions supporting greater access to legal services, cybersecurity programs, and steps to establish workplace policies addressing domestic violence.

The ABA applauded Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) this month for introducing legislation in June to help disabled individuals get the long-term care they need outside of institutions.

Following House passage in July of an appropriations bill that would reduce IRS funding in fiscal year 2015 to its lowest level in 10 years, the ABA reiterated support for ensuring that the IRS receives adequate funding to carry out its mission of taxpayer service and enforcement of federal tax laws.

When President Obama issued Executive Order 13672 last month to further prohibit discrimination by federal agencies and contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, then ABA President James R. Silkenat was quick to commend the action.


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