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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Same-Sex Marriage: A Legal Background after United States v. Windsor

Categories: Federal State Relations,Marriage/Family,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

Explores the legal climate for same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision which held that the Defense of Marriage Age was unconstitutional in violating due process and equal protection principles. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Schuette v. Bamn

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

6-2 decision by the Supreme Court that Michigan’s constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action considerations in university admissions decisions is constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Unlawfully Present Aliens, Driver’s Licenses, and Other State-Issued ID: Select Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Discusses the basic legal principles involving in state decisions permitting or denying those unlawfully in the country to have a driver’s license or some equivalent.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Unlawfully Present Aliens, Higher Education, In-State Tuition, and Financial Aid: Legal Analysis

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

Reviews controversies concerning eligibility for certain college benefits for those in the country unlawfully.  Covers the basic legal principles, state restrictions on access to higher education and state measures which grant access.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


A Review of CBO’s Activities in 2013 Under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

Reports that 9% of the 437 bills reviewed during 2013 had intergovernmental mandates and 12% contained private sector mandates.  The tables in this report provide information about mandates that were enacted or considered between 2009 and 2013.  From the Congressional Budget Office


How States Use Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation Systems: A Review of State Websites

Categories: Education,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

Provides an overview of how states define and apply student learning objectives in evaluation systems.  Surveys state education websites to identify tools, guidance, policies, and regulations related to the use of SLOs in teacher evaluation systems.  From the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education


Economic Impact of the Department of Defense in Hampton Roads, Draft, October 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Defense/Military,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Virginia Issues

Explores the relationship between the defense industry and the region’s economy.  Also provides insight into the impact of various scenarios for changes in defense spending on Hampton Roads.  From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Access at the State and County Levels

Categories: Federal State Relations,Food/Nutrition,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Attempts to estimate SNAP access rates for geographic and demographic subgroups at both the state and county levels by linking Texas administrative records to the American Community Survey.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


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