Research the microbead-free waters act of 2015

Discussion Questions

Answer both questions 1 and 2 below in this same discussion.

1. Research the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 and the Main Street Fairness Act and discuss:

• Why do you think the Microbead Act became law so quickly (especially in our legislative system) while the Main Street Fairness Act has yet to be passed?

• If you were a Senator, which law(s) would you have voted for/against? Explain your reasoning.

• Do you think the Main Street Fairness Act will ever become law? Explain your position.

Microbeads are non-biodegradable polyethylene or polypropylene

microspheres frequently added to cosmetics. Six states and four countries

have banned them so far. Industry Tap, Sept. 2015

Microbead-Free Waters Act resources: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, The Verge microbead article,

S.B. 1452 and H.R. 5660 Main Street Fairness Act resources: Main Street Fairness Act, AboutMoney article

You've just graduated from college and have been offered your first "real" job at StuffMart! The HR department asks you to come in 1 week before your start date to fill out paperwork, authorize a background check, etc. You arrive to find a stack of papers and forms and start completing them when you come across a form entitled "Social Media Policies." Much to your surprise, the form contains blanks for you to fill in your login ID and passwords for all social media sites that you use (like Twitter and Facebook). Under these lines, the form explains that as an employee of StuffMart, you authorize the company to monitor your social media, authorize the company to have access to your login/passwords, and expressly agree that you will not post any negative or derogatory statements about StuffMart or its employees on any social media site.

• Discuss what legal issues are presented here and whether you do or don't have a constitutional basis to refuse to comply with StuffMart's Social Media Policies. The post should be a minimum 2 paragraphs and incorporate 2 different terms/phrases from this week's constitutional reading (in all CAPS).

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