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Entries for June 2016

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Regulating GMO Labelling at State and Federal Levels

The first state law requiring certain genetically modified food to be labeled as such goes into effect tomorrow, July 1. 

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Then and Now: Growth of Online Voter Registration

Online voter registration has taken the election world by storm in recent years and is really the story of elections in from 2012 to 2016.

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U.S. Voting Map Still a Quilt - But Not Quite so Crazy

It might seem natural to think that all counties and jurisdictions in a state would use the same type of voting equipment, but the decentralized nature of elections in our country means that's not the case.

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Ahoy! The Future of the Filibuster

The filibuster (from a Dutch word meaning “pirate”) is a stalling technique, often used by the minority party to take over the floor and delay or block a vote on a particular bill.

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SCOTUS Reverses Former Virginia Governor's Corruption Conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned the public corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell earlier this week, and some legal experts are saying the court has, in effect, set a higher standard for proving corruption.

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States May Need to Re-examine Abortion Laws After SCOTUS Ruling

At a minimum, admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements are in trouble following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling today in an abortion case.

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Value-Based Payments Changing Costs in State Medicaid

Where are states playing a leading role in driving value into the health care system?

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SCOTUS Allows Non-Tribe Members to be Sued in Tribal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians leaves in place the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that in some instances nonmembers of Indian tribes—including state and local governments—can be sued in tribal court for claims of civil wrongdoing.

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SCOTUS Explains How to Constitutionally Criminalize Refusal to Consent

If your state criminalizes refusal to consent to a blood alcohol concentration tests (or wants to do so), the U.S. Supreme Court has explained how to do it right, i.e. constitutionally.

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Fair or Foul? A Look at the Rules Behind the House Sit-In

The sit-in, unusual and unexpected, by Democracts in the U.S. House ended on Thursday, more than a day after it began. While others will debate whether the action was effective or appropriate, our concern is one of legislative history: Was it unprecedented?

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Category: Federalism
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