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Tennessee lawmakers approve abortion restriction measures
April 22, 2015
Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday approved two measures that, if signed into law, will require state abortion clinics to be licensed as surgical centers and require women to wait 48 hours after receiving counseling before being able to get an abortion. The measures have been sent to Republican Governor....... [more]

Tennessee top court postpones executions to determine constitutional issues
April 14, 2015
The Tennessee Supreme Court has postponed the execution of four inmates on death row as it decides whether current protocols are constitutional, effectively halting all executions in the state. Once the constitutional issues are decided, the court "shall exercise its authority to set new dates of ex....... [more]

Two states join Texas immigration lawsuit
January 27, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration over November's executive action on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning that more than half th....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
January 16, 2015
The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari in four cases. The court consolidated appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans in those states. The court limited the petitions to the follo....... [more]

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Sixth Circuit upholds same-sex marriage bans
November 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process rather....... [more]

Tennessee, Colorado, North Dakota vote on abortion measures
November 5, 2014
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the rig....... [more]

Congressional study: voter ID laws lower minority turnout
October 9, 2014
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government Accountabili....... [more]

A Bungling Barbarism: Court Baselessly Holds That Child Abuse, Used to Get Kids to Do Chores, Cannot Be Forced Labor
August 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come with....... [more]

Tennessee judge upholds same-sex marriage ban
August 12, 2014
A Tennessee county judge has upheld Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, marking the first time a court has found the Constitution does not protect same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court's decision overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. Roane County Circuit Judge Russell S....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]




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