Legislation & Lobbying

2961 ABA Journal Legislation & Lobbying articles.

Bill proposes greater accountability for New York prosecutors who break the law
In 2013, ProPublica published a series of reports finding that New York prosecutors are almost never punished for misconduct that can land innocent people in prison or let the guilty go free.

That could change in the coming days.

ABA House urges Congress to protect transgender service members in the military
The ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday voted for a resolution in support of transgender service members in the military, calling on the federal government "to recognize that service by persons who otherwise meet the standards for accession or retention, as applicable, in the United States Armed Forces should not be restricted, and transgender persons should not be discriminated against, based on gender identity."
Mueller reportedly refers investigation of former Skadden partner, 2 others to US attorney
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly referred an investigation of two lobbyists and a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.
ABA opposes proposal to ban abortion counseling and referrals at clinics that receive federal funds

The ABA is opposing a proposed rule that would generally ban family planning clinics that receive federal funds from providing abortion counseling and referrals.

The ABA submitted its comments in…

Split over hair: Proponents of deregulation seek to untangle laws on hair braiding

Carefully layering one tiny strand of hair over another, Tameka Stigers has spent years honing her talent for African-inspired, natural hair braiding.

The style she currently specializes in, delicate little…

Impeachment articles against Rosenstein tabled 1 day after being filed
Updated: Eleven House Republicans filed articles of impeachment on Wednesday against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sheriff says he can’t make an arrest in fatal parking spot dispute because of stand-your-ground law
A Florida sheriff says he can’t charge a man for fatally shooting another man who shoved him to the ground in a parking lot dispute because of the state’s stand-your-ground law.
Public domain advocate gets appellate win in bid to publish copyrighted standards referenced in laws

A federal appeals court on Tuesday told a federal judge to reconsider whether the fair use doctrine allows a nonprofit to post technical standards created by private industry groups that…

Dog on a lease? Woman surprised to learn pet she paid for was a rental

New York could become the third state to ban animal rentals after the state attorney general filed a fraud suit against a chain called The Pet Zone that includes allegations…

Trial on fetal burial law begins with judge’s defense of his motives
A trial on the constitutionality of a Texas fetal remains burial law began Monday with a federal judge proclaiming that he has “no predisposition” in the case.
ABA president says Trump order could politicize the process of hiring administrative law judges
Updated: ABA President Hilarie Bass says President Donald Trump’s executive order eliminating the competitive hiring process for administrative law judges is “ill-considered and legally vulnerable.”
Movement to let the formerly incarcerated cut hair and drive taxis is gaining ground
Rosemarie Abruzzese feared losing her cosmetology license and her job in 2017 after the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology said her past felony drug conviction made her a threat to public safety.
States may scrap marriage licenses as counties resist same-sex ruling
Probate judges in at least seven Alabama counties refuse to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual, so lawmakers may abolish licenses altogether. Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Montana have similar proposals.
California law gives consumers new rights to prevent collection and sale of online data
A new data privacy law in California will give consumers the right to obtain data collected about them, the right to request deletion of the data, and the right to direct a business not to sell the information to third parties.
Hedge funds clamor to finance mass tort cases; some call for disclosure
Hedge funds and private equity firms are jumping into another aspect of litigation finance with loans that finance mass tort cases against drug companies and medical device manufacturers.

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