January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
December 26, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
A bill (S.171) that has been pre-filed in the South Carolina Senate would make certain state colleges pay their student basketball and football players if the bill becomes law. The bill was proposed December 3 by Senator Marlon Kimpson, who argues that student athletes should be compensated when ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by William Helbling
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the enforcement of two abortion related laws until their constitutionality is fully litigated. House Bill 2684, passed in 2012, limits medication abortions to the first seven weeks of a woman's pregnancy. Senate Bill 1848 provides for more ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Pennsylvania State Senate approved legislation Thursday that would legalize several forms of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 1182, proposed by state senator Daylin Leach, passed with strong support 43-7 and will now proceed to the State House of Representatives. The bill calls for the creation... ...[read more]
August 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Voters on Tuesday voted on a statewide referendum in Missouri to decide an amendment to the state constitution that would provide a "right to farm." If enacted, Amendment 1 will guarantee the rights of Missourians to "engage in farming and ranching practices," potentially invalidating local and ...[read more]
May 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate on Friday voted 5-2 to pass a measure requiring distributors of bottled or canned sugary drinks to fix warning labels to the beverage container before sale. The warning label required by the bill reads: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY ...[read more]
May 18, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Minnesota lawmakers on Friday approved a bill legalizing medical marijuana in pill or liquid form for a limited number of patients who suffer from severe or fatal illnesses. The state's Senate voted 46-16 and the House voted 89-40 to approve the bill with bipartisan support. Governor Mark Dayton ...[read more]

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