June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A Montana judge has struck down most of a voter approved immigration law that requires government officials to check the immigration status of anyone applying for state services. The law was approved by voters in November 2012 by an overwhelming majority of 74 percent. Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled ...[read more]
May 23, 2014
by G. Redd
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint on Thursday reviving a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban that was dismissed in December 2012. In contrast to previous cases, this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief specifically targets the 2004 state ...[read more]
September 18, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday ruled that New Jersey's sports wagering law conflicts with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) and thus, should not be implemented. PASPA makes sports betting illegal nationwide except in Nevada, Oregon, ...[read more]
July 3, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 3, 1890, US President Benjamin Harrison signed the Idaho Admission Bill into law, making Idaho the forty-third state admitted to the Union. Idaho became a territory in 1863 following the signing of an act of Congress by President Abraham Lincoln. At that time, the Idaho Territory consisted ...[read more]
April 19, 2013
by Addison Morris
Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Thursday approved a revision to the state code that formally decriminalizes same-sex intercourse in the state. The bill struck from the state code a phrase stating that deviate sexual relations entail "sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of ...[read more]
February 24, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a woman whose will designated that she be buried in Montana must be buried in Iowa at the behest of her husband. It ruled that the state's Final Disposition Act gives the spouse of a decedent "the right to control the final disposition...with no ...[read more]
January 22, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
JURIST Guest Columnist Jon Ellingson of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana argues that many of Montana's state statutes are unconstitutional, especially those which confer particular rights and responsibilities upon only heterosexual spouses while simultaneously denying same-sex couples ...[read more]
January 17, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On January 17, 2006, the US Supreme Court upheld an Oregon law that permitted assisted suicide in certain cases. The Court determined that the Controlled Substances Act does not prevent the distribution of certain lethal drugs used in the implementation of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. This ...[read more]
December 18, 2012
by Benjamin Minegar
The Montana Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit seeking legal status for same-sex relationships. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) originally filed suit in July 2010 on behalf of six same-sex couples alleging that state law prohibited them from ...[read more]
December 12, 2012
by Kyle Webster
On December 12, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down a Wisconsin law prohibiting people from donating more than $10,000 a year to political action committees (PACs). The successful challenge came from the Wisconsin Right to Life and the Wisconsin Center for Economic ...[read more]

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