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Justice Breyer Allows Maine Vaccine Requirement to Stand

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer rejected a challenge to Maine’s requirement that all healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Supreme Court Grants Police Officers Qualified Immunity in Two Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the use of force by police officers violates the Fourth Amendment when it is “excessive.”

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Back From the Not-So-Dead: NCSL Talks Voter ID in October Canvass

Few topics are more perennial in the elections sphere than voter identification.

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Category: Elections
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SLLC Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief in Emotional Distress Damages Case

The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether an individual bringing a private right of action under the Rehabilitation Act and the Affordable Care Act may recover emotional distress damages. How the Court answers this question will determine whether such damages are available under the other statutes listed above which also incorporate Title VI’s remedies.

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Justice Sotomayor Allows NYC to Mandate Vaccines for School Employ

Justice Sonia Sotomayor turned down a request from a group of New York City teachers and paraprofessionals asking her to overturn a federal district court decision upholding New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) policy requiring all employees and contractors who work in-person in DOE buildings to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Supreme Court to Decide Government Speech Flag Case

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in Shurtleff v. City of Boston is whether flying a flag on a flagpole owned by a government entity is government speech. If it is, the city may refuse to fly it. 

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DHS Proposes New DACA Rule, Seeking Comments

The Department of Homeland Security last week released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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Legislators Focus on Adult Learners

The challenges facing adult students, the role of competency-based education, and potential state policy solutions were highlights of the Legislative Policy Bootcamp: Serving Adult Learners in Higher Education held last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Category: Education
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SLLC Asks SCOTUS to Allow Cause for Concealed-Carry

In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states and local governments may prevent persons from obtaining a concealed-carry license for self-defense if they lack “proper cause.”

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DOE Solar Futures Study Highlights Opportunities, Challenge of Large-Scale Solar Deployment

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has sparked debate over the potential for solar power to produce nearly half of the nation’s electricity by 2050—an immense and complicated goal for a technology that currently accounts for only 3% of power generation.  

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Category: Energy
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