The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would prohibit a state agency from adopting “any rule, regulation, or policy” that would burden an occupational license holder’s “free exercise of religion” or “freedom of speech regarding a sincerely held religious belief.” The bill also provides that a holder of an occupational license [...]

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On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastics. The new law bans certain single-use plastic items, such as plastic cutlery, plastic straws, and plastic plates. This ban is planned to be in place by 2021. The law also states that “ember states will have to achieve a 90% collection target for plastic bottles [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral argument Wednesday in Kisor v. Wilkie, a case dealing with federal agency deference. The question presented is “hether the Supreme Court should overrule Auer v. Robbins and Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., which direct courts to defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of its own ambiguous regulation.” When an [...]

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