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Politics & Leadership: Feds Give Go-Ahead To State Pot Laws

FEDS GIVE GO-AHEAD TO STATE POT LAWS: Well before voters in Colorado and Washington authorized the recreational use of marijuana in those states last November, concerns were raised that the federal government would squash any such efforts because they would be in conflict with the federal ban on the...

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State Net Criminal Law Update: California, Illinois Latest To Block Criminal History From Job Apps

STATE NET CAPITOL JOURNAL GOVERNORS Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) issued an administrative order last week that adds the Prairie State to those which bar public agencies from using employment application forms that require job seekers to disclose any previous criminal record. Agencies will still...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Fast and Furious Flurry of Legislation in California

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: The Supreme Court of the United States refuses to hear an appeal from CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to overturn a lower court's directive to cull the Golden State prison inmate population to 137.5 percent of capacity by Jan. 27. The high court issued its decision without...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Medical Marijuana Up In Smoke In Florida and New Jersey?

FL GOP TRYING TO BLOCK MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT: For the past three years Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature has repeatedly blocked medical marijuana legislation, not even allowing it to come up for a vote. Now the state's political establishment, led by Republican Attorney General...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Washington Governor Inslee Shoots Down Drone Bill

INSLEE SHOOTS DOWN WA DRONE BILL: Saying it did not go far enough to protect citizens' privacy, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) vetoed a measure last week (HB 2789) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], that would have imposed strict limits on the use of drone aircraft in the Evergreen...