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Utah lawmakers approve bill allowing execution by firing squad
February 16, 2015
The Utah House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved House Bill 11, which would allow for executions by firing squad. The goal of the legislation is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce. HB 11, which was sp....... [more]

Washington lawmakers propose bills to abolish death penalty
January 27, 2015
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without opp....... [more]

Washington state lawmakers pass financial aid bill for undocumented immigrants
February 19, 2014
Washington state legislators on Tuesday approved a bill to make college students who were brought to the US illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. The legislation, called the Real Hope Act, was passed in the state's House of Representatives by 75 to 22 votes with....... [more]

The Courts and Labor Law Today
December 17, 2013
Recently, the Boeing Company and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) underwent a controversial legal battle that eventually resulted in the NLRB dropping the case in 2011. The charge against Boeing, a corporation that designs, manufactures and sells aircraft internationally, was led by Lafe So....... [more]

December 17, 2013
Nearly half of US states have adopted labor laws known as right-to-work laws. These laws have recently become established in traditionally union-strong states, and they allow companies to employ individuals without a mandate that the employees be union members. Labor and right-to-work laws have been....... [more]

2014 Will Be A Groundbreaking Year For Marijuana Policy
November 26, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Alex Kreit of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that 2014 is going to be a truly groundbreaking year for marijuana policy in the US, when Colorado's and Washington's marijuana legalization takes effect ...It has been a little over a year since voters in Colorado and Wash....... [more]

Washington state approves rules for recreational sale of marijuana
October 17, 2013
The Washington State Liquor Control Board adopted rules on Wednesday to regulate the recreational sale of marijuana in retail stores. The state will place high taxes on the sales of the drug as well as a cap on the total annual production of the product. State officials hope to raise revenue through....... [more]

Washington judge finds detention to question immigration status unconstitutional
September 18, 2013
A judge for the Pierce County Superior Court in Washington state ruled Tuesday that local enforcement officers cannot extend detention of individuals to question them about their immigration status. Judge Kathryn Nelson reasoned that local law enforcement officers do not have the authority to enforc....... [more]

Washington Supreme Court rules tax law unconstitutional
March 1, 2013
The Washington Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that a voter approved measure requiring a super-majority vote by the state legislature in order to raise taxes is unconstitutional. The initiative was approved by voters on multiple occasions, but the majority ruled that the language of the state's con....... [more]

Tenth Circuit finds no Second Amendment right to concealed weapons
February 25, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Friday that permits to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment. The case involved a Washington state resident who filed a lawsuit against Denver and Colorado's Department of Public Safety. He was denied a concealed weapo....... [more]

ACLU challenged Tennessee voting rights restoration law
February 25, 2013
On February 25, 2008, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee objecting to a Tennessee state law that required convicted felons to pay outstanding financial obligations, including restitution and child support....... [more]