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Michigan v. EPA

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-46

5 to 4 Supreme Court decision which blocks further implementation of a 2011 EPA regulation under the Clean Air Act designed to control toxic mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants.  The court majority said the EPA failed to consider the costs of pollution control.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Glossip v. Gross

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-7955

5 to 4 Supreme Court decision that rejected a challenge to the death penalty brought by death-row inmates in Oklahoma.  The inmates alleged that the use of a sedative called midazolam led to violations of the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/13-1314

5-4 Supreme Court decision that independent commissions, created within a state and bypassing the state legislature, may draw election district lines.  The case involved an Arizona commission set up by voters to create less partisan redistricting processes than those of the state legislature.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Obergefell v. Hodges

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-556

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to  marry  wherever they live.  The ruling overthrew restrictions on same sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Housing/Homelessness,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/13-1371.pdf

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the 1968 Fair Housing Act provides broad protection against housing discrimination and segregation.  The decision allows for so-called “disparate impact” claims against lending practices and housing policy that may promote housing segregation without overt intent.  The case involved the distribution of tax credits for low-income housing.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

King v. Burwell

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-114

6-3 Supreme Court decision that upholds a key provision of the Affordable Care Act by agreeing that subsidies for health insurance policies purchased through the ACA–created exchanges should be available to all, whether the exchange is run by the state or the federal government.

From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Horne v. Department of Agriculture

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Headlines,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-275

8-1 Supreme Court decision that a Depression-era federal program that requires farmers to turn over a portion of their raisin crop  to support market prices is an unconstitutional taking of property.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Overview of Health Insurance Exchanges

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44065.pdf

Provides an overview of the various components of the health insurance exchanges, including how exchanges are structured, consumer and financial assistance available, the range of plans offered, and the implications of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case for the exchanges.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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