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Ozone Air Quality Standards: EPA’s 2015 Revision

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43092.pdf

The Environmental Protection Agency has until December 1, 2014 to review and propose changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  This report discusses the standard-setting process, the specifics of the current and most recent reviews of the current standards, and issues that may be raised such as whether the benefits justify the costs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Dawn Curry Page v. Virginia State Board of Elections

https://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/242215896?extension=pdf&from=embed&source=embed

Ruling by three judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that the congressional districts in Virginia dilute the voting strength of African Americans by concentrating them in a single district and are therefore unconstitutional.  Orders the districts to be redrawn by April 2016.  From Scribd

 

Marriage Equality in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=6780

Executive Order 30 of 2014 declares that same sex marriage is now legal in Virginia and directs all Virginia state agencies to make the necessary policy changes to comply with the Supreme Court decision not to review lower court decisions.  From the Office of the Governor

 

A Journalist’s Guide to the Federal Courts

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/News/docs/JournalistGuide2011.pdf

A primer aimed at helping journalists understand how the federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts work.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

 

Gulet Mohamed v Eric Holder

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Processes/Organization,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/jud/statesec/gulet-091514.pdf

Decision of a federal district court judge that the judiciary can compel in camera review of material that the federal government claims is protected by the state secrets privilege.  The case, deriving from an individual’s listing on the government’s No Fly list, involves individual liberties and the respective powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in matters related to the War on Terrorism.  From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Doctrine of Constitutional Avoidance: A Legal Overview

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43706.pdf

Explores the various rules that allow a court to avoid a ruling that invalidates a democratically-enacted law and the logic behind those rules.  Also examines how the doctrine of constitutional avoidance has influenced some recent rulings by the Roberts Court, criticisms of the doctrine, and the implications for Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

King et al. v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/141158.P.pdf

Unanimous decision of a 3 judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that the language of the Affordable Care Act covers insurance subsidies for both state-run and federal-run plans.  From Justia.com

 

Halbig v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/10125254D91F8BAC85257D1D004E6176/$file/14-5018-1503850.pdf

2-1 decision of a panel of the DC Court of Appeals that the language of the Affordable Care Act restricts insurance subsidies to state-run plans and not federal plans substituting for the state.   From Justia.com

 

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