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Vermont: When Armed and Safe Is Not Good Enough
May 27, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions....... [more]

The Bitter Battle Over Guns Continues
May 11, 2015
JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont is....... [more]

Dignity in Life as in Death
May 3, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporad....... [more]

Vermont governor signs new gun restrictions into law
May 2, 2015
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Friday signed into law a bill that creates new restrictions on who may own guns in the state of Vermont. Under the new law, which will go into effect July 1, people with certain criminal convictions will be prohibited from possessing a gun. Those who violate this re....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on threats, administrative rule interpretations
June 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, as....... [more]

Vermont governor signs bill requiring labels on GMO foods
May 10, 2014
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed a bill, requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is the first legislation in the US to require food producers to disclose GMO material. Food labels must reveal GMO ingredients, such as genetically engine....... [more]

Changing Coalitions and the 2014 Farm Bill
February 27, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Ristino of the Vermont Law School argues that an array of environmental, economic and political factors have broken down the traditional coalition behind the farm bills' passage in the past, but in its wake shifting policy objectives and broader interest in the bill hav....... [more]

A 'Rare' Case Indeed
November 4, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Asch, Vermont Law School Class of 2014, discusses United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and argues that the petitioners lack standing to challenge EPA's controversial rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources ...In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA....... [more]

Marijuana Legalization Timeline
October 30, 2013
08/29/2013: Department of Justice announced it will not challenge state legalization efforts. 08/12/2013: Department of Justice changed policy regarding mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. 06/06/2013: Vermont decriminalized marijuana possession. 05/28/2013: Colorado governor signed bi....... [more]

Kentucky judge orders woman to testify against same-sex spouse in murder trial
September 24, 2013
A judge for Kentucky's Jefferson County Circuit Court ruled Monday that the same-sex spouse of a woman charged with murder must testify against her at the trial because same-sex partners are not protected by the husband-wife privilege under Kentucky's state law. Geneva Case, who will be compelled to....... [more]

Second Circuit strikes down Vermont nuclear power laws
August 16, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday struck down three Vermont statutes regulating the safety of nuclear power plants. The court held that state regulations were preempted by the Federal Power Act and the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, both of which assign regulation and responsib....... [more]




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