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Legal news from Thursday, July 11, 2013
by Sydney Normil

The Supreme Court of India ruled Wednesday that elected representatives convicted of serious crimes must vacant their positions immediately and be disqualified from future elections. The court's judgment struck down Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act, which permitted convicted members of the House of Parliament, Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council …

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by Sydney Normil

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) ended its policy of separating prisoners infected with HIV from the general population on Wednesday, making South Carolina the final US state to do so. The SCDC abolished the policy in an effort to revamp medical services and in consideration of a federal court order to end …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) on Wednesday approved a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As federal law currently stands, employers are only prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, sex, …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Illinois Senate joined with the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday to pass a bill that permits state residents to carry concealed firearms with limited restrictions. The bill prohibits carrying a firearm in schools, courthouses and government buildings and has restrictions based on mental health. Prospective carriers must be 21 or older, …

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