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Legislative and Policy
Highlighting state and national legislative news, focusing on some of the most important policy issues of the day.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed a decision of the Alabama Supreme Court that failed to recognize the validity of a same-sex adoption ordered by a Georgia court on the ground that the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision ran afoul to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution. ...[Continue Reading]
With a new abortion law on the books in Louisiana making putting more requirements in place that would affect access to abortions, the court’s intentions in its decision are uncertain. ...[Continue Reading]
Given North Carolina’s history with redistricting and its continuous struggle with gerrymandering district lines, a recent lawsuit regarding the 2011 redistricting forced North Carolina legislators to take another look at the district lines. ...[Continue Reading]
The result of the rehearing to determine whether New Jersey’s Sports Wagering Act is legal may affect whether other states will propose laws to regulate and permit wagering on professional and collegiate sport games across the nation. ...[Continue Reading]
The legalization of marijuana has produced pros and cons to dispensaries across the United States, including increased state revenue but high federal taxes. ...[Continue Reading]
When employers terminate at-will employees for any reason or no reason, their conduct is often permissive, unless the termination is in violation of public policy, among other exceptions. However, could there be a claim for a wrongful termination action against an employer when an employee fails to submit to a drug test that is to be conducted by an unapproved laboratory? ...[Continue Reading]
It seems like almost every day a person is killed by a mass shooting in the United States. The truth is there have been many shootings in this country and the next one is impossible to predict. Some say that wherever there are guns there will be killings. A gun is just like a knife and just ...[Continue Reading]
Seattle successfully passes a tax on firearm sales within its City limits despite NRA’s efforts to block the tax. ...[Continue Reading]
President Obama signs new bill on December 10, 2015 that replaces the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind Act. ...[Continue Reading]
Should physician-assisted suicide in terminally ill patients be legalized? The California State Legislature has passed a bill saying that it can. What legal implications may arise? ...[Continue Reading]
Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood is prohibited by law from receiving federal funding to provide abortion services, anti-abortion Republican lawmakers threatened to shut down the federal government in order to defund the organization, which provides a variety of necessary health care services for women who are unable to afford them otherwise. ...[Continue Reading]
Though there has been no change to the “duties test,” Department of Labor proposed overtime regulation changes may permit nearly five million workers in 2016 to have access to overtime protections. ...[Continue Reading]
A federal appeals court found that exceedingly strict voter ID laws in Texas violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 due to the laws’ disparate impact on minorities. ...[Continue Reading]
Bars, restaurants, and social hosts can be held liable under dram shop laws for serving alcohol to intoxicated guests or customers that later cause an accident due to being intoxicated. ...[Continue Reading]
In an appeal to the Second Circuit, unpaid interns argue they are entitled to compensation, as they are employees – however, the Second Circuit rules that due to the educational nature of internships, in most cases, unpaid interns are not entitled to compensation based on a primary beneficiary test. ...[Continue Reading]