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States Continue to Restrict and Expand Opportunities to Vote

AZ SWITCHING TO TWO-TRACK VOTING SYSTEM: Arizona could have a dual-track voting system requiring the use of two different ballots in next year's elections, as a result of an opinion issued last week by the state's attorney general, Tom Horne. Under the new system, only those voters who registered...

Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii and Illinois, Abortion in Michigan and Oklahoma

HI LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE: Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) signed the "Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013" (SB 1) last week, enabling the Aloha State to edge out Illinois to become the 15th in the nation to legalize same-sex marriages. Illinois passed its own same-sex marriage bill last week (SB...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Abortion Rules, Abortion Rules, and More Abortion Rules

SOCIAL POLICY: A federal judge upholds an ARIZONA law that bans pill-induced abortions after seven weeks of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge David C. Bury said overturning the law was "not in the public interest," allowing it to go into effect last Tuesday (AZCENTRAL.COM). • WEST VIRGINIA...

Rational Basis Review Is Not Empirical Basis Review: Fifth Circuit Criticizes the Seventh Circuit's Decision in Van Hollen

Late last year the Seventh Circuit [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ] issued its decision in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. v. Van Hollen , No. 13-2726 (7th Cir. Dec. 20, 2013) , a constitutional challenge to a new Wisconsin law (known as Act 37) [ version available to lexis.com subscribers...

State Net Capitol Journal Civil Rights Updates: Affirmative Action, Election Rights, Abortion Rules

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MI BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's 2006 ballot initiative ending affirmative action at public universities in the state [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The decision was 6-2 but there was considerably less consensus...

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: Governor Pence Says Indiana Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Performed In State After Court Ruling

PENCE SAYS IN WON'T RECOGNIZE GAY MARRIAGES: The lead legal counsel for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) announced last week that the Hoosier State will not recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June before a court ruling allowing those unions to go forth was struck down. In a memo sent...