Legal news from Tuesday, March 12, 2013

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday approved two measures aimed at strengthening gun control. The Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act [S 374 materials], approved by a vote of 10-8, would require background checks for private gun sales. The School Safety Enhancements Act [S 1460, approved by … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hungarian Parliament [official website, in Hungarian] on Monday approved controversial amendments [BBC backgrounder] to the country's constitution. The amendments, approved by a vote of 265-11, with 33 abstentions, include several provisions previously struck down by the country's Constitutional Court. The amendments limit that court's powers, define family relationships … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colorado House of Representatives [official website] voted 39-26 Tuesday in favor of a bill to legalize civil unions [SB13-011, PDF] for same-sex couples. The legislation explicitly provides same-sex couples with many of the benefits held by married couples, including dependent insurance coverage and the ability to adopt a … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the New York Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday permanently enjoined [order, PDF] enforcement of amendments to a New York state regulation [NYC Health Code 81.53, PDF] prohibiting the sale or provision of "sugary" beverages in large cups or containers by food service establishments. In October … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea [official website] Marzuki Darusman on Monday urged [press release] the international community to establish comprehensive investigative mechanisms to probe and document human rights abuses in North Korea. The report [report, PDF], presented to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) … [read more]

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