Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:
[JURIST] The Senate Budget Committee released
[press release] the 2018 Budget Resolution Friday that aims to cut taxes but potentially add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years.
The budget could potentially pass the Senate [Reuters report] under current special rules that would require only 50 votes.
Senator Mike Enzi [official website] of the budget committee stressed the need to balance spending and taxing.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
[official website] signed HB 0040
[text] into law Thursday, which removes many restrictions on the funding of abortions.
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court
[official website] granted certiorari
in 11 cases
[order list, PDF] on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump
[official profile] on Thursday waived
[WP report] the Jones Act
[text, PDF], a near-century-old law, easing shipping restrictions for hurricane relief to be sent to Puerto Rico.
A widespread investigation into a corruption scheme between coaches at NCAA Division-1 basketball programs, an international apparel company, and financial advisors led to the arrest of 10 men on Tuesday, according to an announcement
[text] by an acting US Attorney
and an FBI
[government websites] assistant director.
According to the criminal complaints [US v.
The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) [official website] on Tuesday announced
[Federal Register, PDF] the creation of the Smart Sectors program to “re-examine how the EPA engages with industry in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, create certainty and predictability, and improve the ability of both EPA and industry to conduct long-term regulatory planning while also protecting the environment and public health.”
The EPA identified 11 different industries that will be the initial focus of the program: aerospace; agriculture; automotive; cement and concrete; chemical manufacturing; construction; electronics and technology; iron and steel; oil and gas; ports and shipping; and utilities and power generation.
Each industry will be assigned liaisons who are experienced in those individual industries.
The Federal Register posted a notice
[text] on Monday detailing an updated rule that will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track social media accounts of immigrants.
During a speech
] at the Georgetown University Law Center
[press release] on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Justice will become more involved in the “national recommitment to free speech on campus[es].” Citing recent incidents at community colleges in Battle Creek, Michigan
and Los Angeles, California
[complaints, PDF], where students were arrested for or prohibited from handing out copies of the Constitution outside of designated “free speech zones,” Sessions said the DOJ will “enforce federal law, defend free speech, and protect students’ free expression from whatever end of the political spectrum it may come.”
Notably, Sessions gave the speech on the same day the DOJ filed [press release] a Statement of Interest [text] in a lawsuit related to “free speech zones” at Georgia Gwinnett College in Georgia.
[official website] released estimated crime statistics
[FBI annual report] for 2016 on Monday, which revealed
[press release] a 4.1 percent increase in violent crimes committed when compared to 2015.
The US Supreme Court on Monday removed the travel ban cases from its calendar and ordered both sides to file new briefs in light of President Donald Trump’s proclamation
[text] Sunday that created new restrictions to enter the US for citizens from eight countries