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Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The California State Assembly [official website] on Thursday passed legislation [SB277] requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to do so. The measure ends exemptions among parents opposed to vaccination due to personal or religious reasons. California is now the largest state to mandate … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A Kansas judge for the Shawnee County District Court [official website] blocked a law on Thursday that would have effectively banned most second-trimester abortions performed in the state. Judge Larry Hendricks stated [AP report] that the first-in-the-nation law would have created too large of an obstacle for women in the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [docket; cert. petition, PDF] on whether tribal courts can hear civil cases involving non-Indian businesses that have contractual agreements with the tribe. The case involves a sexual harassment claim … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found [National Post report] that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A California senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 227] 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 [official websites], would continue to … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Doug Ducey [official website] signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in the state to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion, and also bars women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes coverage for abortions. "The … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Kansas legislature [official website] on Wednesday approved SB 95 [text], a proposed ban on an abortion procedure typically used in second trimester abortions, becoming the first state in the country to do so. The procedure, dilation and evacuation, is used in about 8 percent of all abortions conducted … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] signed a bill [press release] on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a state law requiring doctors performing abortions to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital is unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services [advocacy websites] sued the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Wednesday requested, as part of their ongoing suit [press release] against the bill, that a federal judge block an Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation in cases when minors seek abortions. The law, HB 494 [text], requires parent or judicial … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted to keep execution drug suppliers' names secret and to bring back the use of the electric chair when chemicals for lethal injection are not available. The members of the House added the drug suppliers secrecy section to a bill … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The West Virginia Legislature [official website] on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill [text, HB 2586] banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin [official website] said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Kansas Senate [official website] on Friday approved a bill that would prohibit a common second trimester abortive procedure by redefining it as "dismemberment abortions". The bill was prepared by the National Right to Life Committee [advocacy website] and encountered overwhelming support on the Senate floor, passing in a … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday to allow the state to enforce an abortion law [HB 1390 text, PDF] that was declared unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Feb 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. & Kim Weidenaar of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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... The US public health … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Feb 2015
by Brittney Millay of New England Law | Boston

JURIST Guest Columnist Brittney Millay, New England Law | Boston, Class of 2016, discusses how recent developments in the southern US could affect same-sex couples...After a long and drawn out battle, a state judge in Miami-Dade County lifted a temporary ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first county in … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill [HB 1305 materials] on Thursday that would make details involving executions secret and allow lawsuits against anyone who divulges the secrets. Moreover, the names of the executioner and anyone "assisting in the execution in capacity" would be exempt from public disclosure. … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015

In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Mississippi Legislature [official website] voted 116-1 to pass House Bill 177 [text] on Monday, which would ban use of foreign law. It also voted 78-37 for House Bill 490 [text], which would ban Mississippi governments from adopting sustainable development principles as in Agenda 21 [text, PDF], a non-binding … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen [personal website] on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation [press release] requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," because "the … [read more]

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