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    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt protects the rights of people with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunity in:

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtPublic accommodations

    • Jobs

    • Transportation

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtGovernment services

    • Telecommunications

    The Department of Justice answers questions about ADA requirements. It's available to businesses, state and local governments, and the public. Call 1- 800-514-0301 (TTY: 1-800-514-0383).

    Find More ADA Resources From the Government

    The ADA website has information on:

    The website provides:

    • for telecommunications, public transportation, and recreational facilities

    • A for buildings

    requires federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible.

    • View information on .

    • For questions, .

    When to File a Complaint

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtAccording to , hotels, restaurants, and certain places of entertainment must provide disability access. 

    If you feel that you've been the object of Title III discrimination, you can file an.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt addresses several issues, from setting limits on certain air pollutants to enforcing federal clean water and safe drinking laws. In addition, EPA enforces federal regulations to reduce the impact of businesses on the environment.

    • For more information, visit .  
    • The  provides environmental information and contacts for small businesses.

    Wildlife and Endangered Species Protection

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe  was signed in 1973 to provide for the protection and conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals as well as their habitats. The and the are responsible for administering the ESA:

    • Learn which and the measures that are being taken to protect them.
    • These  enforce the protection of threatened species. 

    Laws Governing Pesticide Use on Food

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe and EPA have a cooperative arrangement to carry out the . The FDA has responsibility over the safety of food and any substance that is applied to the human body.   

    Environmental Concerns at Work

    The , a part of the U.S. Department of Labor, deals with problems with the environment inside the workplace. This includes the presence or handling of chemicals and noxious fumes. 

    Find State, Local, and Tribal Offices That Handle Environmental Concerns

    Many environmental programs have been delegated to the states and they have primary responsibility over them. In addition, some environmental laws and regulations apply to tribal government operations.

    • For issues handled by state agencies, refer to the .
    • If you have local concerns, .
    • The has information on EPA's laws and regulations that apply to tribal governments.  
    is the process of bringing charges against a government official for wrongdoing. A trial may be held and the official may be removed from office.

    Impeachment Process 

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe Constitution gives Congress the power to impeach federal officials.

    • The House of Representatives brings articles (charges) of impeachment against an official.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtAn official can be impeached for treason, bribery, and “other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    • If the House adopts the articles by a simple majority vote, the official has been impeached.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe Senate holds an . In the case of a president, the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice presides.

    • If found guilty, the official is removed from office. They may never be able to hold elected office again.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf they are not found guilty, they may continue to serve in office.

    Past Impeachments of Federal Officials

    The House has initiated impeachment proceedings more than 60 times. But there have been only 20 impeachments. This includes three presidents, one cabinet secretary, and one senator. Of those who were impeached, only eight—all federal judges—were found guilty by the Senate and removed from office.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe presidents impeached by the House were:

    • in 1868

    • in 1998

    • Donald John Trump in 2019

    All three presidents remained in office following acquittals by the Senate on all charges.

    Former President Richard Nixon was not impeached. He resigned shortly after Congress started the impeachment process against him in 1974.

    Impeachment of State and Local Officials

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtA  can impeach its governor and other state officials. Many local governments also have impeachment procedures.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt guarantees your right to:

    • See records about your personal information, subject to the act’s exemptions
    • Correct a record that is inaccurate or incomplete unless it’s exempt
    • Sue the government for violating the law for improper disclosures


    How to Make a Privacy Act Request

    To request records under the Privacy Act, you must contact the federal agency you believe holds the records. 

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtWhen creating your request:

    • Explain what information you want, why you believe the agency has information about you, and when you believe the record was created. Provide as many details as possible.
    • Include proof of identity, such as a copy of your driver’s license.
    • Ask about any fees you’ll owe for copies of your files.

    Agencies typically group their Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) offices together. When you write, address your request to the agency’s or program’s FOIA/Privacy Act Officer and state in your letter that it is a Privacy Act request.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLearn more specific guidelines from these agencies:

    •  and  

    for submitting your Privacy Act request.

    Types of Information Agencies Are Not Required to Disclose

    There are to the information agencies must allow you to see. Two frequently-used exemptions involve:

    • Records containing classified information on national security
    • Records concerning criminal investigations
    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt may review the laws to see if they agree with the Constitution. If a court finds a law is unconstitutional, it can strike it down.

    Find Federal Laws

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe contains general and permanent federal laws. It does not include regulations, decisions, or laws issued by:

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFederal agencies

    • Federal courts

    • Treaties

    • State and local governments

    New  appear in each edition of the United States .  There is a new edition for each session of Congress.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFind  by the current and earlier sessions of Congress. This includes new laws that have not yet been assigned a public law number.

    • Find that have been assigned public law numbers.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtVisit the Law Library of Congress to .

    • To find older laws, visit a law library or a .

    Federal Regulations

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtRegulations are issued by federal agencies, boards, and commissions. They explain how agencies plan to carry out laws. Regulations are published yearly in .

    The Rulemaking Process

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFederal regulations are created through a process known as . If an agency wants to make, change, or delete a rule, it will:

    1. Publish the proposal in the 

    2. Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtConsider the public's comments and change the rule if necessary. The agency then publishes the final version in the Federal Register along with:

      • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtA description of the comments received

      • The agency’s response to those comments

      • The date the rule goes into effect

    Federal Court Decisions

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFederal courts do not write or pass laws. But they may establish individual “rights” under federal law. This happens through courts' interpretations of federal and state laws and the Constitution.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtAn example is the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in . The court decided that state laws which segregated public school students by race violated the 14th Amendment. It said that "separate but equal" schools cause minority children to feel inferior. And that hurts their educational opportunities.

    State Laws and Regulations

    State legislatures make the laws in each state. State courts can review these laws. If a court decides a law doesn't agree with the state's constitution, it can declare it invalid.

    Find state laws and regulations with the Law Library of Congress’s .

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    Last Updated: March 6, 2020