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SCOTUS to Consider Independent State Legislature Theory

In this case, North Carolina’s current legislative leaders argue that the “Times, Places and Manner” clause “forbids state courts from reviewing a congressional districting plan [that] violates the state’s own constitution,” an argument known as the “independent state legislature” theory.

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Supreme Court Scales Back EPA's Authority to Regulate Carbon Dioxide Emissions

In West Virginia v. EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacks the clear congressional authorization to establish a cap on carbon emissions by using a generation shifting “best system of emission reduction,” as it did when it developed, but never implemented, Clean Power Plan (CPP).  

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SCOTUS Rules Biden Administration May End Migrant Protection Protocols

In Biden v. Texas the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that the Biden administration may end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

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SCOTUS Puts Back in Place Congressional Map Drawn by Louisiana Legislature

n an order in Ardoin v. Robinson containing no written opinions the U.S. Supreme Court has frozen in place a federal district court preliminary injunction which required the Louisiana Legislature to enact a new congressional map with a second black-majority district.

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Supreme Court Rules States May Be Sued Under USERR

In Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that Congress’s war powers allow it to subject non-consenting states to money damages lawsuits under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). 

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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Inmates in Method-of-Execution Case

In Nance v. Ward the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that a capital inmate may bring a method-of-execution case under 42 USC §1983 rather than federal habeas even when the alternative method of execution proposed isn’t allowed under state law.

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Public School Football Coach Wins SCOTUS Prayer Case

In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that the First Amendment protects an assistant football coach who “knelt at midfield after games to offer a quiet prayer of thanks.”

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Disproportionate-Share Hospitals Lose Medicaid Reimbursement Case

In Becerra v. Empire Health Foundation the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that patients whom Medicare insures but does not pay for on a given day are counted in the Medicare fraction for purposes of computing a hospital’s disproportionate-patient percentage.

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SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade

In a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization the U.S Supreme Court has held there is no right to an abortion under the U.S. Constitution.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down 'Proper Cause' Requirement To Carry a Gun in Public

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that states and local governments may not require “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry a handgun outside the home.

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