Bribery & Corruption in the Military. A Front-Line View (Part II)
A Moment of Simple Justice - Vaccines
A Moment of Simple Justice - Felony Everything
How the Rise in Undercover Investigations is Changing the Law
A Moment of Simple Justice - A Prosecutor's Duty
Uncovering Factory Farming - The Effects of Ag Gag Laws
A Moment of Simple Justice - Undercover Lover
Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society
Waldman: Stop Immunizing Websites That Allow Harassment
Busy Days For Voting Rights Advocates, Thanks to SCOTUS
A Moment of Simple Justice - Snitching Ain't Easy
Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Combining Arms for Justice-Involved Veterans
A Moment of Simple Justice - Cameras on Cops
A Moment of Simple Justice - Ferguson
A Moment of Simple Justice - Revenge Porn
Schoenbrod: SCOTUS Ruling Helps EPA Deal With a "Stupid Statute"
SOX Whistleblower Protections Extend to Private Companies: Critical Steps to Take Now
A More Perfect Union: Why Punish Russia for Crimea?
Jail Time for Revenge Porn Offenses?
On June 26, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) filed a petition for writ of mandate in Contra Costa County Superior Court requesting that the Court set aside the State Water Resources Control Board’s June 12, 2015...more
There is a war on building codes across the United States, and Pennsylvania is ground zero.
After years of regular building code updates, a law was passed in 2011 (Act 1) at the urging of the Pennsylvania Builders...more
Governor Brown has announced the nomination of Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams to serve on the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission). The five-member Commission is established under article IV, section 20 of the...more
It appears the state assembly is trying to get California back on the redevelopment wagon…again. (For a brief history lesson on redevelopment, see below.) Assembly Bill 2 (AB2), which passed the assembly earlier this month,...more
Every so often RLUIPA Defense feels the need to expand its reporting horizons. We usually stick to run-of-the-mill, pending or threatened litigation related to religious-land uses and RLUIPA. Sometimes we stray a bit and...more
Welcome to your Post-Super Bowl Legislative Update --
Your Womble Carlyle Government Affairs Team Member, Angel, is just happy that the Carolina Panthers are back in the running! Now that the Super Bowl is over,...more
With the opening of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature on January 13, 2015, two of the more closely watched bills in the energy arena will be House Bill 539 (HB539) and House Bill 540 (HB540). HB539, filed on December...more
So the new Congress has been sworn in back in Washington, and the nation gears up for the first big clash between the Republican-controlled Congress and President Obama. What will the first major battle be: health care;...more
On November 4, 2014, San Benito County voters went to the poles to vote on Measure J, the measure designed to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and related gas and oil extraction activities, as well as other...more
Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition, et al. v. Donna Norris, et al. -
Why it matters: With land use issues and development projects increasingly the subject of local ballot initiatives, it is imperative...more
The City of Compton is being sued for its ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing, effective on April 22, 2014. (Western States Petroleum Association v. City of Compton, et al., Case No.BC552272.) Although Compton is not...more
THE RISE AND (UNINTENDED) FALL OF REDEVELOPMENT IN CALIFORNIA.
The rise and fall of redevelopment agencies in California has been extensively written about, including in this publication. The history of redevelopment...more
On July 1, 2014, the Supreme Court granted cert in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a case in which the Ninth Circuit upheld the Town of Gilbert’s sign ordinance against a First-Amendment challenge. The case could directly impact...more
On June 30, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion In the Matter of the Title, Ballot Title, and Submission Clause for 2013–2014 #89 (Initiative 89). In affirming the finding of the state’s Ballot Title Setting...more
Colorado voters may have yet another anti-fracking statewide ballot initiative to consider this November. The proposed constitutional amendment that was submitted to the Colorado Legislative Council on February 21 would...more
Governor Tom Corbett is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reconsider its December 19, 2013 decision striking down key provisions of Act 13 — a bill aimed at regulation of drilling activity in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus...more
This session's California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") reform bill, Senate Bill 743 ("SB 743") packs a potentially large punch, but only for a narrow group of projects. SB 743 is the brainchild of Senator Darrell...more
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications on states and states' rights. This presentation included the court's review and opinions handed down for the following cases.
Two cases filed in Sacramento County, City of Cerritos v. State of California and Syncora Guarantee Inc. v. State of California, have challenged the constitutionality of AB 1X 26, the 2011 bill that provided for the...more
Last December, we wrote on the constitutional challenge made by the Town of Yankeetown, Florida, to portions of the Florida Community Planning Act with the resulting settlement which included proposed legislation that would...more
The Minnesota Legislature had a busy week at the Capitol, working to meet their first deadline. The deadline for committees to act favorably on bills in the house of origin is midnight on Friday. Committees must act favorably...more
Largely lost in the noise and furor surrounding the decision by the California Supreme Court upholding AB 1X 26 (California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos (2011) 53 Cal.4th 231, which terminated the functions of...more
The proposed eminent domain constitutional amendment is pending at the 2012 Virginia General Assembly. See 2012′s bills on the amendment, HJ 3 and SJ 3.
In a highly anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court ruled on December 29, 2011, that legislation adopted in July to dissolve redevelopment agencies is constitutional, but that legislation adopted concurrently to...more
The California Supreme Court released its opinion today in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, challenging the Legislature's adoption of AB 1X 26, providing for elimination of California redevelopment agencies...more
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