Legal news from Thursday, December 31, 2009
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A plethora of state laws set to take effect after Friday, New Year's Day, seek to regulate everything from social policy to highway safety. Texting while driving will become illegal [AP report] in Illinois, Oregon, and New Hampshire, which will join nearly twenty other prohibiting states and the federal [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Thirteen state attorneys general, all Republicans, demanded in a letter [text, PDF] sent Wednesday to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives and the Senate Majority Leader that a controversial provision in the health care reform bill [text, PDF] approved [JURIST news report] in the Senate [official website] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama effectively issued his first veto [WH memorandum of disapproval] of congressional legislation Wednesday, rejecting as "unnecessary legislation" a stopgap spending bill [HJ Res 64 text, PDF] that was drafted in case inclement weather would have interfered with the vote that approved the appropriations for the [read more]

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