State Government

89 ABA Journal State Government articles.

Texas AG sides with lawyers challenging mandatory bar membership
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an amicus brief that sides with three lawyers who contend that mandatory membership in the State Bar of Texas violates their First Amendment right against coerced speech.
Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation over her support for laws targeting Keystone XL pipeline protests

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is no longer welcome on the Pine Ridge Reservation because of her support for anti-rioting laws passed in response to protests of the Keystone XL…

Kansas Supreme Court rules state constitution guarantees abortion rights, even if Roe is overturned
A decision by the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday means that even if Roe v. Wade was overturned, abortions would stay legal in the state.
After ‘aloha’ restaurant dispute, Hawaii pushes to protect cultural intellectual property

“Aloha” means hello and goodbye and signifies love, compassion and kindness. Since last year, the Hawaiian word also has been legally connected to poke, a bowl of diced raw fish.

Public defenders ask to step down from Parkland shooting case
Two public defenders representing Nikolas Cruz—the suspect in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 people dead and another 17 injured in 2018—unexpectedly requested to be removed from his case Wednesday.
Florida corrections department lawyer resigns after Facebook rant

A Florida Department of Corrections lawyer who made derogatory comments about black people on Facebook resigned Wednesday.

Eric Giunta, the department’s assistant general counsel since December 2017, wrote that…

Chalking tires constitutes unreasonable search, 6th Circuit rules

Parking enforcement officers in Saginaw, Michigan, who use chalk to mark the tires of cars to track how long they have been parked are violating the constitution, a federal appeals…

A new bill in this state would allow attorneys to skip courthouse security

A proposed bill in Texas would provide a new security card to attorneys, so they can skip security lines in courthouses in any of the state’s 254 counties.

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Multistate lawsuits multiply against Trump, outpacing total filed against Obama in 8 years

State attorneys general are increasingly banding together to challenge presidential actions by filing lawsuits.

The trend began during the Obama administration and accelerated after President Donald Trump took office,

Alabama men’s prisons are so unsafe they likely violate the Eighth Amendment, DOJ says

Understaffed and overcrowded men’s prisons in Alabama fail to protect prisoners from prisoner-on-prisoner sexual abuse and violence and fail to provide safe and sanitary conditions, according to a Department of…

Federal judge strikes down skirt requirement for girls at public charter school

A requirement that grade-school girls wear shorts, jumpers or skorts (which look like a skirt but include shortslike fabric underneath) at a public charter school violates the equal protection clause…

Medicaid work requirements in these 2 states blocked by federal judge

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., blocked work requirements imposed on Medicaid recipients in Kentucky and Arkansas.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in the Arkansas decision

Supreme Court rules for Alaska moose hunter, says he can ‘rev up his hovercraft’ again

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the National Park Service did not have the authority to ban use of hovercrafts on Alaska’s Nation River.

The high court ruled on…

Purdue Pharma reaches $270M settlement with Oklahoma in opioid epidemic suit

Purdue Pharma and its owners have agreed to a $270 million settlement with Oklahoma in the state’s lawsuit claiming OxyContin contributed to an opioid epidemic, according to multiple publications.

The…