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In a per curiam (unauthored) opinion in Lombardo v. City of St. Louis, Missouri the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Eighth Circuit to decide again whether police officers used excessive force when restraining Nicholas Gilbert on his stomach for 15-minutes and/or should receive qualified immunity.

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Redistricting Is Way Behind Last Decade

After last year’s floods, fires, and of course, a pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau redistricting data is scheduled to be almost five months late.

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SCOTUS Adopts Case-by-Case Approach to Warrantless Pursuit of Fleeing Misdemeanants Into Home

In Lange v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court held that pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does not always justify entry into a home without a warrant.

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Cheerleader Wins SCOTUS Off-Campus Free Speech Case

In Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., the U.S. Supreme Court held 8-1 that a public school could not discipline a student who transmitted to her Snapchat friends, outside of school hours and away from the school’s campus, vulgar language and gestures criticizing the school and the school’s cheerleading team. 

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Results of Supreme Court Takings Case Mixed for States and Local Governments

In Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the Supreme Court held 6-3 that a California regulation allowing union organizers access to agriculture employers’ property to solicit support for unionization up to three hours a day, 120 days a year is a per se physical taking under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. 

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June Canvass: Nevada, Vermont Establish Statewide All-Mail Elections

In a year when headlines have been abuzz with states potentially limiting absentee and mail voting, the number of states with universal mail voting has just increased by 40%.

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Category: Elections
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Supreme Court Upholds Free Exercise Clause and Rules Against City

The U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously in Fulton v. Philadelphia that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it refused to contract with Catholic Social Service to certify foster care families because CSS refuses to work with same-sex couples.

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In a 7-2 opinion in California v. Texas, the Supreme Court held that neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs had standing to challenge as unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to obtain health insurance following Congress setting the penalty at $0 in 2017. 

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Colorado Supreme Court Limits Legislature’s Role in Redistricting

Independent redistricting commissions. You’ve heard about them. You may even have an idea of what they are. But the degree of “independence” as contemplated by legislators and advocates varies, and those variations show up in codification.

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Read the Details on Increased Medicaid Funds for Home and Community Based Services

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes several flexibilities for state Medicaid programs, including  provisions allowing states to receive increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding for different services.

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Category: Health
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