Legislative and Policy

Highlighting state and national legislative news, focusing on some of the most important policy issues of the day.

Can States Legalize the Use of Marijuana?

November 8, 2012

The November 2012 Election will be remembered for many reasons.  One of the most memorable and toughly fought presidential campaigns ended in a decisive win for President Barack Obama.  The balance of power in the United States Congress remained unchanged, but this 113th Congress will begin its ...[Continue Reading]

The Racial Injustice Act

August 13, 2012

Have you ever heard of Marcus Reymond Robinson?  He is the man who was convicted of kidnapping 17-year-old high-school student Erik Tornblom and shooting him in the face with a sawed-off shotgun during a robbery that netted a grand total of $27.  In 1994, Robinson was sentenced to death in ...[Continue Reading]

Rent to Illegal Aliens? Landlord, You May be Penalized

August 6, 2012

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down down several portions of Arizona’s immigration bill, holding that three of the four challenged sections were preempted by federal law. Federal preemption severely limits what state and local governments can do in terms of creating laws intended to ...[Continue Reading]

Citizens Divided

July 30, 2012

Amid the frenzy over the much-anticipated Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Court handed down its decision in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock.  The American public and media, with laser focus on the Court’s decision ...[Continue Reading]

D’oh! Fracking Gets the Green Light?

July 16, 2012

On July 3, 2012, the North Carolina legislature adjourned sine die – with no appointed date for resumption – bringing the two-year legislative session to an end.  State lawmakers passed significant legislation affecting everything from municipal annexations to allowing table games at ...[Continue Reading]

House Bill 819: Tomorrow’s Forecast, Yesterday

July 2, 2012

One does not simply look at a ten day forecast and expect the 10th day to be exactly as predicted, because forecasts are subject to change.  It is with this basic notion in mind that many North Carolinians have questioned the purpose of House Bill 819, short titled Coastal Management Policies. ...[Continue Reading]

The Future of Strip Searches

May 22, 2012

The Fourth Amendment, originally adopted in the Bill of Rights in response to abuse of the writ of assistance (a type of general search warrant) during the American Revolution, contains the well-known prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.  The rights granted by this amendment ...[Continue Reading]

Stand Your Ground, But Only If Reasonably Necessary

May 20, 2012

In a previous article, the Campbell Law Observer discussed the recent changes to North Carolina’s “castle doctrine,” which created a statutory presumption of a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm when a person uses deadly force to defend himself in his home, vehicle, or ...[Continue Reading]

The Future of Fracking in North Carolina

April 16, 2012

Why North Carolina? North Carolina is situated in the middle of a controversial debate about the extraction of natural gas, which can be used as an energy resource.  Hydraulic fracturing, known colloquially as fracking, has been the center of discussion among community leaders, lawmakers, and ...[Continue Reading]
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