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California senate committee advances bill banning child vaccine exemption
April 9, 2015
A California senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would prohibit parents of school children from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let the children remain unvaccinated. The proposed legislation, introduced by Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen, would continue to allow m....... [more]

California court rules school yoga classes not religious
April 4, 2015
The California Fourth District Court of Appeal on Friday upheld yoga classes in public schools, holding that such classes do not violate religious rights of students or their parents. Families of children enrolled in the Encinitas Union School District sued the school, alleging that yoga classes pro....... [more]

Federal judge orders California prison to grant inmate sex change
April 3, 2015
US District Judge Jon Tigar for the Northern District of California issued a decision on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where she....... [more]

California legislative panel approves 'aid in dying' bill
March 27, 2015
The California Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must now be....... [more]

Indiana Senate approves proposal for terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs
March 18, 2015
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that are not sold on the market. The bill would allow patients to access treatments before they receive federal approval, thus creating a three-phase process that takes roughly....... [more]

California Supreme Court finds blanket sex offender residential limits unconstitutional
March 3, 2015
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that restrictions on where sex offenders may live violates the parolees' constitutional rights. This decision addresses Jessica's Law, the voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where children....... [more]

California plastic bag ban halted by referendum petition
February 25, 2015
The implementation of California's plastic bag ban, which was set to go into effect in July, has been halted by a successful referendum petition. The trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance (ACPA) collected more than 800,000 signatures on their petition. A random sampling of these signatures....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Google antitrust suit
February 22, 2015
A federal judge for the Northern District of California on Friday dismissed a class action suit against Google for allegedly monopolizing search engines in Android phones. The plaintiffs in the case were two customers who purchased Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and sought to represent a class of Andr....... [more]

Reconsidering Vaccine Exemptions to Advance the Public's Health
February 19, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US....... [more]

Holt v. Hobbs and the Struggle over Religious Freedom
February 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Smith, of the University of San Diego School of Law, discusses the significance surrounding the decision made in Holt v. Hobbs and our nation's commitment to religious freedom ...In Holt v. Hobbs, the US Supreme Court methodically applied the Religious Land Use and In....... [more]

California suit aims to permit doctor-assisted suicide
February 12, 2015
Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California Sta....... [more]




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