Koch Stays in Russia, House Passes CROWN Act, and Louisiana Proposes Sexual Orientation Regulation Bill

Koch Industries Stay in Russia

While hundreds of United-States-based companies are exiting and creating sanctions in Russia over the Kremlin’s invasion in Ukraine, Koch Industries has decided to continue to operate and sell products across Russia. Koch, which is the second-largest privately owned business in the US, is defying public pressure and stating silent regarding the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Koch subsidiary Guardian Industries has two industrial glass manufacturing plants in Russia and employs around 600 people. Outside of that company, Koch employs just 15 others in Russia.

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House Passes CROWN Act

The House passed the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act Friday to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s texture or style of hair. The act, H.R. 2116, was passed in a vote of 235-189 and was originally introduced by New Jersey Democratic Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman. The bill will now go to the Senate.

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Sexual Orientation Regulation Bill Proposed in Louisiana

A controversial bill regulating the discussion of sexual orientation in classrooms was proposed by Louisiana State Representative Dodie Horton (R-D9). The bill would “prohibit discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through eighth grade classes and prevent instructors from discussing their own sexual orientations and gender identities with their students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Horton said that she wasn’t aware of the need for such legislation until looking to Twitter and Facebook, and the Florida bill passed last week inspired her motion. She claimed the bill would protect Louisiana children.

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