Gear up for the first day of fall with some new laws!

Happening in the World: The financial crisis in Sri Lanka worsens as the inflation rate rises to over 70%. The crisis, caused by a lack of tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political turbulence, has led food prices to skyrocket. Talks with other nations and international committees are hoped to bring relief, as loan deals and financial aid are being negotiated with India and the International Monetary Fund. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The House of Representatives has passed new legislation that puts a closer eye on the way Congress counts and ratifies presidential elector votes. This act specifies the role of Congress and the Vice President in counting the elector votes and raises the threshold for voting on objections. This move comes after months of negotiations in the Senate, where a similar bill is being pushed. (WSJ)

Happening in NYC: Hearings on the reconfiguring of NYC’s legislative borders move into their next phase today: a revised set of maps will be proposed and voted on by the Districting Committee. If approved, these new lines will be utilized in next year’s election. With big changes being proposed, many are left wondering about power shifts in the city’s political future. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: The First Lady of Chile Irina Karamanos will speak in the International Affairs building tomorrow from 11 am to 1 pm. Her discussion will focus on politics, feminism, and her role as a current First Lady. Nora Dominguez, a visiting professor from ILAS, will moderate.

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