May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Senate on Thursday voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General, establishing her as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Lynch was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee 188 days prior on November 8 but had her confirmation hearing delayed up by ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The California Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must now ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
July 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal, punishable by fines of up to $500,000 and five years in jail for unlocking ...[read more]
May 22, 2013
by Addison Morris
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved S. 744, an immigration reform bill. The bill, entitled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, is intended to help create a 13-year path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million current undocumented ...[read more]
March 25, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 25, 2006, over 500,000 people protested in Los Angeles in reaction to anti-immigration legislation passed by the US House of Representatives. On December 17, 2005, the House passed HR 4437, which would have imposed stricter penalties on undocumented immigrants living and working in the ...[read more]
March 21, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A group of legal experts testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday regarding the growing need for new privacy laws because of the rapid advancement of drone technologies and their increased use. The escalation in use and technology have outpaced current privacy laws, according to ...[read more]
March 18, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Passed Thursday on a party line vote of 10-8, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 would prohibit the sale, transfer, ...[read more]
March 12, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved two measures aimed at strengthening gun control. The Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act, approved by a vote of 10-8, would require background checks for private gun sales. The School Safety Enhancements Act that would ban straw purchasing ...[read more]

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