September 19, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Missouri appeals court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a ballot proposal requiring teachers to be evaluated based on student performance. A panel of judges for the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District turned down claims that the measure improperly amends the state constitution... ...[read more]
February 18, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Indiana Senate on Monday approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The largely Republican Senate approved the amendment, sent from the Indiana House of Representatives after a change that removed a ban on same-sex civil unions, ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved a citizen initiative to vote on an amendment to the state constitution on the legality of medical marijuana. In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that the ballot initiative met the requirements of the Florida Constitution, that it encompassed ...[read more]
November 11, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The political action group Privacy for all Students said Sunday that they have received sufficient petition signatures to bring about an initiative on the November 2014 ballot to repeal California's new law intended to protect transgender public school students. Under California law, 505,000 valid ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The independent state actions regarding same-sex marriage and the federal controversy over DOMA have given rise to a great deal of litigation over the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. The most prominent of these is the case challenging the California same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. ...[read more]
June 28, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jessica Levinson of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, examines the US Supreme Court's recent decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry...In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is simply no one left standing to appeal ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Jerry Votava
Voters passed ballot measures on Tuesday seeking to limit the amount of money that can be directed to political campaigns in Colorado and Montana. The measure in Colorado will amend that state's constitution to declare that the people of the state find that "large campaign contributions to ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Marijuana will become legal in Colorado and Washington after voters passed ballot initiatives Tuesday to legalize marijuana for the first time on a statewide basis. In Washington voters approved an Initiative to the Legislature to allow the possession and distribution of marijuana through a state- ...[read more]
October 30, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari on a case dealing with a proposed ballot initiative to amend the Oklahoma constitution by defining a fertilized egg as a person. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma had unanimously ruled that granting "personhood" rights to human embryos was ...[read more]
September 27, 2012
by Keith Herting
The Arkansas Supreme Court announced Thursday that it would allow a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana on the November ballot. The decision came as part of a lawsuit brought by the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values (CPAV) which fought the inclusion of the measure on the ballot ...[read more]

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