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Idaho lawmakers pass abortion bill copying Texas; what can abortion-rights states do?

Lawmakers in Idaho have approved an abortion bill modeled after Texas legislation that allows private citizens to enforce it.

Weekly Briefs: Controversial Florida education bills advance; ban on homebuyer ‘love letters’ blocked

Florida lawmakers pass ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ anti-woke bills

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign two controversial bills passed by the legislature this week. The “Don’t Say Gay”…

Supreme Court Roundup: Win for storage locker robber; Cosby victory; Thomas on Section 230

A storage locker robber and actor and comedian Bill Cosby had victories in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, while Justice Clarence Thomas called for consideration of the immunity afforded to online publishers.

Illinois teen was coerced into false confession, family says; was unique state law violated?

An Illinois law that took effect in January bars police from lying to minors during interrogations, but it didn’t help a wrongfully accused juvenile, his lawyer says.

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ABA opposes provisions in Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

The ABA is opposing provisions in Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill because they would undermine the well-being of LGBTQ students and chill beneficial faculty speech.

ABA vows to fight challenges to free and fair elections

The ABA House of Delegates on Monday approved two late-filed resolutions that address efforts to restrict voting after the 2020 presidential election.

10 guidelines to aid tenants and landlords in eviction crisis are adopted by the ABA House

The House of Delegates approved a measure adopting the ABA 10 Guidelines for Residential Eviction Laws at the ABA Midyear Meeting on Monday.

Congress passes bill banning forced arbitration of harassment and sexual assault claims

A bill that bans forced arbitration of disputes involving sexual assault and harassment is on its way to President Joe Biden after the U.S. Senate approved the measure by voice vote Thursday.

Troubled Waters

As interest in outdoor recreation has surged, more people are clashing with property owners over the right to be on the waterways. The conflict over the uses of—and even the definitions of—public and private space is a legal conundrum bedeviling locales across the country.

Inmate’s life sentence spurs him to push for felony murder reform

Of course, there are inmates who pose a danger to society. There are plenty of others, like me, who made bad choices or had addiction issues and can be rehabilitated and released to become productive members of society.

Global Impact: The ABA’s advocacy has influence on the international stage

The ABA’s efforts to improve laws and regulations and defend the rule of law are not limited to the United States; the ABA’s voice is also heard around the world. Opening jurisdictions to U.S. law firms, strengthening the rule of law, and improving the quality of laws through education, law reform and advocacy are important components of the ABA’s global work.

Significant advocacy successes for the ABA were achieved in the first session of 117th Congress

Despite a tumultuous 2021, Congress passed another monumental coronavirus relief package and a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill that was years in the making. Other significant actions also advanced on issues advocated by the ABA.

Immigration court system needs independence from the DOJ, ABA representative says at congressional hearing

A former chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration testified before Congress Thursday to advocate for the creation of an independent immigration court system. Immigration courts are currently located within the Department of Justice and under the control of the attorney general.

Will SCOTUS block vaccine mandates? Decision could come quickly

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday heard challenges to the Biden administration’s nationwide vaccine mandates for employees of large businesses and health care facilities that receive federal funds.

Bankruptcy court had no authority to shield Sackler family in Purdue Pharma bankruptcy, judge rules

A bankruptcy judge had no statutory authority to shield the Sackler family—which owns debtor Purdue Pharma—from civil lawsuits related to the drugmaker’s marketing of the opioid OxyContin, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

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