May 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Michigan is not the only US state to maintain some type of ban on race-conscious affirmative action policies. In 1996 California voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that prohibited public institutions from using affirmative action policies. Under Proposition 209, state ...[read more]
May 3, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On May 3, 2007, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill with bipartisan support that designated $7.7 billion to remedy the state's overcrowded prisons. The Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007 attempted to streamline the prison infrastructure system ...[read more]
February 4, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On February 4, 2006, residents of Weare, New Hampshire, voted down a proposal to evict US Supreme Court Justice David Souter from his farmhouse in that town, and instead called for the state legislature to strengthen laws regarding eminent domain. The vote was 94-59 against eviction. California ...[read more]
October 19, 2012
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the ...[read more]
September 18, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of the Saint Louis University School of Law says that the US Supreme Court's decisions in reproductive rights cases may complicate efforts to bring constitutional challenges against California's recent legislation banning the use of sexual orientation therapy on ...[read more]
September 27, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 27, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The occasion marked the first time that a US bill designed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions became law. The legislation was aimed at reducing emissions in the state by 25 percent ...[read more]
June 8, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 8, 2010, California voters approved Proposition 14, which altered the primary election system, creating an open primary where only the top two vote-getters would advance to the general election. The ballot initiative was approved by over 54 percent of voters and changes elections to create ...[read more]
January 22, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
The California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously overturned a 2003 law limiting the amount of marijuana that may be possessed under the state's Medical Marijuana Program (MMP). The court ruled that Health and Safety Code 11362.77, allowing patients to possess no more than eight ounc... ...[read more]

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