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Legal news from Tuesday, 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 [S 1460, approved by a vote of 14-4, would renew a grant to help …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Hungarian Parliament on Monday approved controversial amendments 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 based on marriage between one man and woman, allow laws …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Colorado House of Representatives 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 partner's child. It goes on to provide that "all legal …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A judge for the New York Supreme Court on Tuesday permanently enjoined 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 groups representing restaurants, beverage makers and movie theaters challenged the …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea Marzuki Darusman on Monday urged the international community to establish comprehensive investigative mechanisms to probe and document human rights abuses in North Korea. The report, presented to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), stems from research into more than 60 international …

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by Andrew Morgan

Our Spring 2013 Fundraising Drive is approaching the halfway point, and we need your help to reach our goal. We've been delighted to see so many of our supporters from as far away as the Netherlands and as close as our own office building declare their financial support for JURIST. But there's plenty more work to be done! …

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