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Legal news from Thursday, December 31, 2009
by Dwyer Arce

A plethora of state laws set to take effect after Friday, New Year's Day, seek to regulate everything from social policy to highway safety. Texting while driving will become illegal in Illinois, Oregon, and New Hampshire, which will join nearly twenty other prohibiting states and the federal government. Georgia will begin administering stiffer fines [AP …

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by Ximena Marinero

Thirteen state attorneys general, all Republicans, demanded in a letter sent Wednesday to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives and the Senate Majority Leader that a controversial provision in the health care reform bill approved in the Senate last week should be struck because it unfairly benefits the …

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by Ximena Marinero

US President Barack Obama effectively issued his first veto of congressional legislation Wednesday, rejecting as "unnecessary legislation" a stopgap spending bill that was drafted in case inclement weather would have interfered with the vote that approved the appropriations for the Department of Defense (DOD) two weeks ago. The …

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