Legislation & Lobbying

3124 ABA Journal Legislation & Lobbying articles.

Bipartisan legislation passed helps Americans and businesses impacted by the coronavirus

COVID-19 reportedly surfaced in Wuhan, China, last December. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the virus to be a global pandemic, and two days after…

Why exotic dancers and other gig workers are seeing employment law gains, COVID-19 losses

“The coronavirus is exposing the dangers of being a gig worker—you have no benefits, no health care, and no one to one to speak for you,” says lawyer Michael P. Maslanka, a labor and employment law expert in Texas. “I think this crisis is so severe that it will change the mindsets of the people, and when the mindsets of the people change, laws change.”

‘Bridgegate’ convictions tossed by Supreme Court, which says federal corruption laws don’t apply
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the political corruption convictions of two former New Jersey officials involved in a scheme to close down the George Washington Bridge for political punishment.
Afternoon Briefs: 6th Circuit won’t delay inmate transfer; sheriff declines to enforce stay-at-home order

6th Circuit refuses to delay inmate transfer

On Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati refused to delay the transfer of more than 800 medically vulnerable inmates…

McConnell says COVID-19 aid bill must include liability shield for businesses and hospitals
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that a federal aid bill for state and local governments should make the money contingent on states providing liability protection to businesses and hospitals providing services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Closely watched gun-rights case tossed as moot by SCOTUS; Kavanaugh urges new cert grant
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide a closely watched case that could have been used to extend the right to have a gun to outside the home.
In unusual lineup, SCOTUS rules annotations in Georgia state code can’t be copyrighted
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that the annotations in Georgia’s official annotated code are not eligible for copyright protection.
Afternoon Briefs: Stand-your-ground laws are questioned; lawyer will visit beaches as Grim Reaper

Stand-your-ground laws are associated with more homicides, report finds

Evidence suggests that stand-your-ground laws are associated with increases in gun homicides, according to a review of scientific literature by the…

Afternoon Briefs: Congress asked for COVID-19 lawsuit curbs; law school cuts pay for staff and faculty

Lobbyists seek COVID-19 lawsuit curbs

Lobbying groups for U.S. businesses are asking Congress to curb liability for companies that could face lawsuits in connection with COVID-19. The U.S. Chamber of…

ABA Day Digital hopes to expand reach of advocacy
For decades, hundreds of ABA members have descended on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional representatives and advocate for legal issues on ABA Day. The coronavirus pandemic has complicated this tradition—but not stopped it.
DC Circuit allows federal executions to proceed, with Trump appointees in majority
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit lifted an injunction Tuesday that had prevented the federal government from carrying out executions of four inmates during a review of a new lethal injection procedure.
Talk of reparations is being revived around the country
Fairness is an issue in clearing low-level marijuana convictions
To increase access to justice, jurisdictions should consider rewriting regulations, ABA House says
ABA House of Delegates urges legislation protecting marijuana lawyers and banks

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